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Is my child too ill for school? – Hill Farm Primary School


Illness at School

School is not the best place to be if you are unwell. Work will suffer and the child will feel dispirited. If your child is or has been unwell please consider carefully when they should return to school, as we do not have facilities for looking after them. if you are in any doubt, ask yourself, "Is my child too ill for school?"

In the Health Protection Agency document, "Guidelines for the Control of Infection and Communicable Disease in school and Early Years Settings", the guidance is:


  • Diarrhoea and Vomiting exclusion

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different gems, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. In general, it is recommended that any staff member or child with diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms must stay away or be excluded from the school or early years setting until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the '48 hour rule') and feel well. Personal hygiene whilst ill must be very strict.


If your child is sick at school, we will ask you or your emergency contact to take your child home. They should not return for 48 hours. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases, and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in school.

Thank you for your understanding with this. Further guidance on infection control may be found on the Health Protection Agency website.

  • Notifiable Illness

If you child has an infectious illness or disease, please make sure that we know as we have to notify the Local Education Authority of certain outbreaks e.g. measles, mumps, chicken pox etc.

  • Medicines in School

Children should not bring medicines into school. if your child needs to complete a course of medicine, please come and discuss the matter with the Headteacher. 

  • Emergencies

Please ensure that the school has up to date information on how parents can be contacted should an emergency arise.

This can be done while visiting the school, by telephone - 0207 703 3455 or by email.