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Parley First School

Children First, Always

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

What to do if your child is ill

What to do if your child is ill:

  • Telephone the school office on 01202 874400 on the first day of absence to explain why your child is away from school. There is an answerphone where you may leave a message if the office is closed. 
  • Keep school informed if the absence is more than two or three days
  • Please bring a note on your child’s return to school. Verbal messages via the children are not sufficient. Unexplained absences are always classed as unauthorised absences.

Public Health England

The Department of Health has produced guidelines that schools follow with regards to illness of children in education and infection control.

Please click on the link below for further details:

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings


Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities

Common illnesses and conditions in school

What you should do?

For more detailed information, please see guidance document (link above)

Infection or Complaint      

Recommended period to be kept away from school 
Chicken Pox Until all vesicles have crusted over ***
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting 48 hours from LAST episode of diarrhoea or vomiting  
Conjunctivitus None


Covid-19 Please see the latest advise on the schools 'NEWS' page  
Flu Until recovered  ***
Hand, foot and mouth None  
Head lice


(Treatment is recommended in cases where live lice
have been seen)

Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours
after starting antibiotic treatment
Rash Children with rashes should be considered infectious
and be assessed by their doctor.
Slapped cheek/fifth disease None (once rash has developed) ***


(There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses
and do not need and antibiotic) (There are many causes,
but most cases are due to viruses and do not
need an antibiotic)



(Treatment is recommended for the child and
household contacts)
Warts and verrucae None (Verrucae should be covered)


*** Take further advise - 'Vulnerable Children and Female Staff''