Attendance & Pupil Illness

Illness absence

It is the parent’s responsibility to inform school when their child is absent.

Parents of pupils at Victoria CP School are made aware that any child who is acutely unwell should be kept away from school until they are well enough to benefit and participate. In addition, even if they appear well, it is necessary to keep children who have certain infectious diseases away from school for an appropriate period, to help prevent others from becoming infected. The table below provides guidance on appropriate absence periods for some common infections:


Absence period


Chickenpox For 5 days after rash appears
Conjunctivitis None
Diarrhoea and vomiting Until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Hand, foot and mouth disease None
Hepatitis A Young children – 7 days after onset of jaundice.

There is no need for older children with good

hygiene to be absent, provided they are well enough to attend school

ImpetigoUntil lesions are crusted or healedMeaslesFor 5 days after rash appearsMumpsFor 5 days after onset of swollen glandsPertussis (whooping cough)For 5 days after commencing antibioticsRingwormUntil treatment is startedRubella(German measles) For 5 days after the onset of the rashScabiesUntil treatedScarlet feverFor 5 days after commencing antibioticsThreadwormsNoneTuberculosisCCDC will advise on necessary action

Parents/carers will be asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection, and to inform the school as to the nature of the infection, so that the school can inform other parents/carers if necessary, and to make careful observations of any child who seems unwell.

If a child is issued prescribed medication, procedures outlined in the school’s Administering Medicines Policy will be followed.