Medical and Health Information

Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.

Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions.
•    Is your child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
•    Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
•    Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.

Some illnesses require an exclusion period from school. Please see the table below for further details


Period of exclusion from school


5 days from the onset of the rash


6 days from the onset of the rash


Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment


4 days from onset of rash

Scarlet Fever

Child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment

Hand, Foot and Mouth


Slapped Cheek


Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting


Until recovered

Whooping cough

Five days from commencing antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment




Exclude child for five days after onset of swelling

The following links provide more detailed information

 Health Protection Agency guidance

Spotty Book