Hornbeam Primary School


What to do when your child is ill.

If your child is ill please ring the school office on 01304 374033, before 9am on the first morning of their illness to report their absence.

It can be confusing to know how long your child should be kept off school as this depends on their illness. The recommendation of the Health Protection Agency for the most common illnesses such as sickness and diarrhoea is 48 hours after the last episode. For illnesses such as chickenpox they recommend 5 days from the onset of the rash, as the spots start to scab over and heal, this reduces the risk of the infection spreading through classes.

A comprehensive list of these guidelines and the schools policy can be found here. If you have any questions or need clarification, please do ring the school.

If you have any concerns or doubts regarding the illness of your child, please always consult a doctor and inform the school.  

If your child becomes ill whilst at school we will always contact you to inform you and arrange collection. We will always try and speak to parents and primary carers in the first instance before calling any additional contacts provided by parents. Please ensure these details are up to date if they change at all.

 COVID- 19 : If your child or anyone in your household has a high temperature and a new persistent cough, please follow the guidelines as issued by the government, regarding self isolation. Please contact the school as soon as possible. If a child is in school and develops any of these symptoms, you will be contacted immediately to collect your shild.