Cleadon Church of England Academy

Flourishing together as one


When children are feeling poorly it is a stressful time for both the child and parents. While school attendance is important the child's well being takes priority. If your child is ill please inform the school office as soon as possible. Click here for advice from The N.H.S.

 Some illnesses do not require obligatory absence from school as they are not contagious. However the best place for a child who is feeling ill is at home. Children often want to return to school before they are completely well and as a result often end up being sent home half way through the day. Please ensure that your child is well enough before allowing them to return to school.

 If your child has been sick or has diarrhoea we have been advised that they should not return to school until they have been clear for 48 hours. If vomiting has occurred before school please do not bring your child to school until you are sure that it is an isolated incident.

 If your child has a contagious condition such as impetigo, chicken pox or measles he or she must be kept at home until the rash/spots are dry. Other contagious conditions can be looked up on the Internet.  In the case of slapped cheek syndrome the child must be feeling completely well before returning to school. 

In the case of conjunctivitis we are aware that there are differing opinions regarding when it is safe to return to school. This condition can often be uncomfortable and distressing for a child so we ask parents to keep their child at home until the irritation is over. As a school we feel that this is the best way to deal with this condition.

 The only medicines we are allowed to give are ones which are medically prescribed by a doctor. Parents must fill out a Permission to Administer Medication form and the medication must be labelled by a pharmacy. We cannot administer over the counter medicines. 


We have recently reviewed the medication procedures in school. Following guidance from the school nurse, from January 2024, we will no longer administer any medication that is prescribed 3 times a day. If your child has medication that is prescribed 4 times a day, this will continue to be administered once daily before lunch. If you wish for your child to have medication at any other time during the
school day, you are welcome to come into school to administer this yourself.