Our attendance policy states that we expect all children to attend on every day that the school is open.  However we also understand that there are occasions when children are too unwell to attend.

Here are a few pointers for parents regarding whether their child should come into school – if you are in any doubt please contact our school office – lines open at 8.30am each morning.

Coughs, Colds and High temperature

If your child has a cough/cold then please send them into school – most adults and children will have 1 or 2 colds at some point each year – we promise to keep a supply of tissues in the classroom for them to use!

If your child has a high temperature (generally anything over 38c/100f) then please keep them at home until the high temperature has passed or is no longer being controlled by medication.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

  • If your child has vomited then we would ask you to keep them home from school for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
  • If your child has diarrhoea then we would ask you to keep them home from school for 48 hours from the last bout of diarrhoea
  • If your child has both sickness and diarrhoea then the 48 hour rule would also apply.


If your child requires antibiotics four times a day school will administer the dose required at lunchtime. Medication is given at the discretion of the school on a short term basis as required. The parents will be required to sign a Pupil Medication Request Form  when bringing the medication to the Medical Room – medication is not to be given to the child to bring in or left in the classroom with the teacher.

If however your child is on antibiotics only 3 times a day we ask that the parents manage this being giving the doses before school, after school and bedtime.


If a child has conjunctivitis or an eye infection you will need to get some cream or drops from the doctors or chemist.  If the child is in Key Stage 1 (Years Reception, 1 & 2), we would ask that you keep the child home for 24 hours to allow the medication to work.  If the child is in Key Stage 2 there is no requirement to keep them at home.  If needed we are able to administer eye drops during the school day – please speak to our Welfare Assistant when bringing your child to school.


If a child is seen to have live headlice during the school day, parents will be contacted and asked to collect the child and apply the appropriate headlice treatment to the hair.  Once the treatment has been administered the child can be returned to school.  School will not exclude any child for headlice and will only expect the child to remain home for as long as it takes the parents to apply the treatment.  Children will be expected back in school either later the same day or the following day depending on the time they were sent home.

General Advice

 If you are in any doubt about whether you should send your child into school or not then please either contact the school office in the morning or bring them in and we will keep an
eye on them and contact you if they are not coping with the day.

If you have sent your child into school and they become unwell during the school day we will contact you and ask you to arrange for them to be collected either by yourself or another family member or friend.  Please remember to inform us if you or any of your contacts change their phone numbers

For full information regarding our medical policy please click on the link below: 


Buckland Primary School
Berryscroft Road
TW18 1NB

01784 455022


If you would like paper copies for any of the information on our website, please contact the school office