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 Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

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Children's Sickness

If your child is too ill to come to school, you should let the school know by phone on the morning of the first day of absence. When s/he is well enough to return, please either send in a note or email the office via parentmail or at explaining the reason for the absence. Please also provide and any supporting information eg prescription or Doctor's letter.

At BJR, we use the Public health England ‘Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings’. This gives recommendations regarding how long a child should be kept away from school when ill. A copy of the poster version of this document can also be downloaded.  While we understand that keeping children at home can be inconvenient to families, it is important that your child fully recovers from the illness so that s/he can continue learning and does not spread infection to other children in school. Please help the school and your child by following this advice.

Please also make sure your child is up-to-date with immunisation. For advice, please see the NHS Choices website at or ask our school nurse.  

Here is some guidance on some common childhood infections:

Infection or complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

48 hours from last episode


Until all vesicles have crusted over


Four days from onset of rash


None – treatment as required


Until recovered


48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea


Exclude if rash is weeping and cannot be covered