Illness

In the unfortunate event of your child being unwell, you can notify the school office of your child’s absence by one of the following methods:

  • Telephone – we would also expect a letter to be issued to the school office when your child returns to school
  • Email
  • Written note
  • School Absence Note

You can download a copy of the school absence note here -Absence Note

You may also find the following DENI on attendance useful:  Attendance – A Parents Guide

Information on Flu for Parents

Every year the Public Health Agency updates information on flu for schools and parents.  The only major change this year is that most-at-risk children from 2 – 17 years old will be offered the new nasal spray vaccine instead of the injection.  Flu normally increases at some stage between December and March.  It is impossible to predict how serious flu will be, but it is always important to be prepared.  Some information is attached for your information or alternatively you can visit www.fluawareni.net.

Key Guidelines for Exclusion

Based upon Health Protection Agency guidance we adhere to the following exclusion periods depending upon the symptoms and illness.

No Exclusion

  • Head Lice – head-lice-leaflet
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Roseola
  • Slapped Check
  • Threadworms
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth

48 Hours

  • Vomiting – after last symptom
  • Diarrhoea – after last symptom

5 Days from symptoms

  • * Whooping Cough
  • * German Measles
  • * Measles
  • * Mumps
  • Chicken Pox

Other

  • * Scarlet Fever – can return 24 hours after commencing antibiotics
  • Scabies – until fully treated
  • Ringworm – until treatment has started
  • Impetigo – until lesions have crusted over

* Notifiable Diseases
There is a list of notifiable diseases which we have a legal obligation to report to the Health Protection Agency and Ofsted should a child within our care become infected. Some are named in this leaflet and are shown by a ‘*’ by the relevant illness.
In these cases we work closely with you the parents, the HPA and Ofsted to ensure we follow any additional advice that may be given