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What to do if my child is ill?

Sickness Guidelines

Guidelines for Parents on Childhood Illnesses

Sickness & Diarrhoea


If your child is sick or has diarrhoea once then they may return to school 24 hours after the last episode.

If your child is sick or has diarrhoea several times over a period of time then they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.

Chicken Pox


Your child should remain at home until ALL the spots have scabbed over.



If your child has a temperature please keep them at home.



Children should be kept off school until the lesions are crusted and healed OR 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment.


Administration of medicines

Please note that as stated in the school’s Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions policy the school can only administer to pupils those medicines prescribed by a doctor, this means that we can no longer administer paracetamol, ibuprofen or cough mixture:

Only essential medicines will be administered during the school day. These will be only those prescribed by a doctor. Parents must submit a written permission slip before any medicine is administered. Medicines to be given during the school day must be in their original container. Controlled drugs can also be administered, subject to all other conditions as described in the policy.

The full policy can be found on the school website under “Our School - Policies” - click here.

Please remember that you are welcome to come into school to administer medication.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Medicine Form