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Children who are unwell – Reporting absence

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they’re unwell.

There are government guidelines for schools and nurseries about managing specific infectious diseases at GOV.UK. These say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn’t.

If you do keep your child at home, it’s important to phone the school on the first day of absence. Let them know that your child won’t be in and give them the reason. You must inform the school daily if your child is still unwell unless advised by the school this is not necessary. If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, let their teacher know.