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Christ the King Catholic Primary School

Illness- A Guide



Children should only ever be absent from school when they are ill. Please read the advice from the NHS below.

NHS advice

When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. These simple guidelines should help.


Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.

Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions.

  • Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
  • Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
  • Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home


Phoning Christ the King

  • It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child's illness, please telephone school to tell them that your child will be staying at home.


Please ring 020 7272 5987 

  • Speak very clearly and leave a message detailing;

  • The name of the child
  • Their class and year group
  • What the sickness is
  • If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, please phone the school as soon as possible and leave another clear message with the above details and an explaination of how long they will be absent.

The table below provides guidance on common childhood illnesses and whether children need to stay off school

The Islington guide for parents on minor illnesses and school attendance is a useful reference for all parents/carers