What to do if your child is ill

Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.

See the UNICEF guide for parents on talking to your child about coronavirus.


Normally your child should attend school if they only have a minor illness. The school will send them home if they think it is necessary.

Use this guide to illnesses (NHS) to see what illnesses may require you to keep you child away from school under normal circumstances.

If you keep your child off school please contact the school to let them know. The school may ask for medical evidence.

If your child has a long term illness, the school can offer a range of support. They may also arrange Teaching for sick children.

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