Sickness Guidance for Parents

Mill Water School does not have any facilities to look after children who are sick.  

If a child is unwell during the school day, school will ask the parent/carer to collect their child. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to collect their child promptly.

Please ensure that the school has two emergency contact numbers.  

Parents/carers might be asked to collect children from school for the following reasons:

    • If a child has a temperature of 38 or above.
    • If a child has a temperature below 38 or above 37.5 and has not responded to paracetamol. Please note that paracetamol can only be given if the school has written permission from the parent/carer.
    • Children who have colds which are obviously streaming and they look unwell and are unable to participate in school activities.
    • Children who have diarrhoea and vomiting. Parents are asked to keep their child home until 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.
    • During the first 48 hours of antibiotic treatment. A form will be sent home for parents to sign before antibiotics can be given in school.
    • If a child has an infection which can spread easily – eg impetigo.
    • Following post-operative anaesthetic or sedation eg dental extraction, day case; your child should stay at home for 24 hours.
    • If a child’s asthma is flaring up and they are not responding to their inhalers.
    • If a child has had seizure activity near to the end of a school day and staff have given rescue medication.

Returning to school following a hospital admission

If your child has been admitted to hospital for surgery or illness, please check with the therapy/medical team for advice as some operations will need longer recovery periods than others. School will take advice from the Community Children’s Nurse on whether a pupil is fit and ready to return to school and whether a phased return to school is appropriate.