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Medical Information

Absence due to illness

Parents are asked to contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence, leaving a message on the answering machine if necessary.  The school does not have any designated medical facilities and parents are therefore requested not to send children into school if they are obviously unwell or not fully recovered from an illness.


If a child is taken ill during the school day the parent or carer will be contacted and asked to collect the child as soon as possible.


Return to school

  • Children should  not return to school following sickness or diarrhoea until at least 48 hours after the last incidence.
  • Children who have conjunctivitis may return after they have been treated with medication.
  • Chicken Pox requires the children to be absent from school until the last spot has crusted over.
  • Measles requires the children to be absent from school for 4 days from the start of the rash.
  • German Measles requires the children to be absent from school for 4 days from the start of the rash.
  • If a child has Impetigo they should stay at home until the lesions have crusted and healed or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment.
  • Children with Shingles should be absent from school only if the rash is weeping and cannot be covered.
  • Flu requires the children to be absent from school until recovered.
  • Scabies - the child can return to school after the first treatment.
  • Scarlett Fever - the child can return 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
  • Mumps- the child can return after 5 days from the onset of swelling.
  • It is not necessary to keep your child away from school if they have Slapped Cheek, Cold sores, Warts, Verrucae or Hand, Foot and Mouth.


This is to ensure a full recovery for your child and avoid the spread of these contagious illnesses to staff and other children.


We realise that there may be some children who will, by the nature of their condition require medication during the school day.


Initially, please ask the doctor to precribe the medication in a dose frequency which means it can be taken outside school hours. If that is not possible, parents need to complete the necessary consent form to enable us to administer the medication.


Parents need to hand in the medicine at the office reception desk making sure that it is in a suitable container, clearly labelled with the child's name and the dose required.


It is the parents responsibility to make sure that any regular medication kept in school is within expiry date.


Children with Asthma

Please clearly label any inhalers and spacer, with the child's name and make sure they know how to use it.


 Please ensure that you take the inhaler and delivery device (if there is one) home every holiday, checking that the medication is not close to expiry date and that there is likely to be enough for the next half term, replacing it if needed. It is a good idea to also check that any spacer is clean and functioning properly. It must be returned on the first day of the next half term. 


Once you feel that your child is mature enough please encourage them to take responsibility for looking after their own inhaler in the classroom, ensuring that they take it with them to all lessons including PE.

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Earls Colne Primary School & Nursery

Park Lane

Earls Colne



Tel: 01787 222205

Fax: 01787 222010


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