Keeping your child home from School

Keeping your child home from School

When should I keep my child home from school?

Wouldn’t it be lovely if our children never had to miss a day of school? Missing out on school can be disappointing for the child or inconvenient for parents, however there are times when it is important that your child stays home. Sometimes children simply need to rest in order to fully recover – this may be when they have a non-contagious illness such as an ear infection or after they have finished a course of antibiotics. Most of the time though, children need to be at home to prevent them from spreading nasty bugs! With a student population of over 600, plus a large number of staff, illness can rapidly spread through our school.

We are now coming into that time of year when colds and flu seem inevitable, however there are simple ways in which we can protect our families. If your child has flu-like symptoms (such a sore throat, fever, thick nasal mucus or frequent cough) then they shouldn’t be at school or daycare. The first days of a cold are when a sufferer is most contagious but they continue to be contagious until all symptoms are gone. Plenty of rest and staying hydrated will aid a quicker recovery. It is important that everyone knows to cover their mouth with their arm when they cough and it is also essential that your children are taught to wash their hands properly after blowing their nose (or using the toilet). This means using soap and washing for at least 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

If children are kept home when they are unwell then we will significantly reduce the time that everyone is affected by illness.

If you would like more information, click here or speak with your doctor.

If your child is unwell, please contact Absentees:

Mr Anthony Ingram
Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care
Primary School
Carey Harrisdale