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Romans Field School

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Sickness & Absence

When your child is ill it is difficult to know if you should send your child into school. These guidelines from the NHS website should help. Click here to directly to the NHS website. 

Not all illnesses needs a child to stay away from school. If you need to keep your child at home you must inform the school by calling 01908 376011. 

Some questions that you could ask yourself before making the decision if your child is too ill to attend school are; 

  • Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
  • Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
  • Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.

If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of the few minor health conditions that you can find more information out about below. 

Cough and cold

A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If a child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, they should go to a  GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.

Vomiting and diarrhoea.

Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting must be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult a GP.

Sore throat.

A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.


If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid, please make sure you follow the government guidance surrounding testing and isolating. You can find out more information about the symptoms and the steps to follow if you or your child shows any symptoms here

As a school we have put things in place to make sure we follow the governments guidance and you can find out about that on our Covid specific page here.