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Pupil Illness Absence

If your children is absent from school due to illness or other factors please phone the school office on 02920 754633. If you are unable to phone or have trouble getting through then you could use the 'report absence' option on the ParentMail app.


The table below lists some of the more common illnesses and infectious diseases that your child might develop. It gives guidance on the appropriate absence periods to help prevent others from becoming infected.


Illness Absence

Any child who is acutely unwell should be kept away from school until they are well enough to benefit and participate. In addition, even if they appear well, it is necessary to keep children who have certain infectious diseases away from school for an appropriate period to prevent others from becoming infected. The table below provides guidance on appropriate absence periods for some common infections.


Absence Period


Until all spots have crusted over.


None. Let school know. 

Diarrhoea and vomiting

Until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

FluUntil recovered
Glandular feverNone. Let school know.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

None. Let school know.

Hepatitis A

Young children – 7 days after onset of jaundice. There is no need for older children with good hygiene to be absent provided they are well enough to attend school


Until lesions are crusted or healed or 48 hours after starting to take antibiotics.


For 4 days after rash appears


For 5 days after onset of swollen glands

Pertussis (whooping cough)

For 2 days after commencing antibiotics


Until treatment is started

Rubella (German measles)

For 4 days after the onset of the rash


Until after first treatment

Scarlet fever

24 hours after commencing antibiotics


None. Let school know.


CCDC will advise on necessary action