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Walton Oak Primary School

Illness & Medical


It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell. There will be times when it is obvious that your child is simply too unwell to come to school, such as being physically weak, in pain or clearly in a condition that could spread unwelcome germs around the class.

Please refer to the government guidelines for schools that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.

For example, if your child has a raised temperature (over 37.5C) keep them off school until the fever goes away. If your child has a slight cold, without any other symptoms, they should be in school. If your child has a mild headache, without any other symptoms, they should not be off school. If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease, but seems well enough to go to school, there's no need to keep them off. There's no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice. Once they have started treatment for impetigo or ringworm it’s fine for them to come back to school. You can still send your child to school if they have a sore throat. But if they also have a fever, they should stay at home until it goes away. You don't need to keep your child off school if they have threadworms and have taken treatment. Children with diarrhoea and vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone.

Please be assured that your child’s health and well-being is of the upmost importance to us, therefore, if we feel a child should not be in school because they’re too unwell we will send them home.

If your child is genuinely ill then please contact the school before 9.00am with an explanation for the absence on 01932 259604 and press 1 to leave a message or email the Attendance Officer directly on absence.waltonoak@lumenlearningtrust.co.uk.

School must receive a phone call every day of illness absence unless agreed otherwise with the Attendance Officer.


Whenever possible medical appointments should be made outside school hours.  If it is absolutely necessary for your child to attend a medical appointment during the school day, a prescription or an appointment card, letter or text must be produced for the session to be authorised and brought to the school before the day of the appointment.

An absence due to a medical appointment will not be authorised until proof is seen.  All absences must be reported directly to the Attendance Officer on absence.waltonoak@lumenlearningtrust.co.uk

It should not be necessary for your child to be absent for the whole day if you either have an ‘am’ or ‘pm’ appointment. If the appointment is in the morning we expect your child to be back to school for the afternoon session; if the appointment is towards the end of the day, your child would be allowed to leave school early.

Please ensure when you inform the Attendance Officer of the absence that you confirm the time your child will return to school and if you think they will miss lunch to tell us whether or not they have a school dinner or packed lunch.

Walton Oak Primary School