St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Absence and Sickness

If your child is absent through illness, it is important that you inform the School by 9.00am on their first day of illness. Please leave a message on our Absence reporting line, or phone to talk to a member of the Office team. You will need to phone us each day with an update to your child's illness, so that the absence can be recorded correctly. It the School is not informed of the absence, we will phone to confirm and it will be marked as unauthorized. Your co-operation with this process is much appreciated.

Infectious diseases

The following information is for guidance, it does not over-ride any specific advice given in respect of individuals.


Incubation period Required medical absence from school

 Chicken Pox

12-21 days 5 days from appearance of rash or until blisters dry.
German Measles 14-21 days 5 days from appearance of rash. Please notify school immediately diagnosis is made.
Measles 8-13 days 5 days from appearance of rash.
Mumps 18-21 days 5 days minimum after onset of swollen glands.
Conjunctivitis n/a None, but treatment is essential.
Impetigo n/a Until spots have healed.
Heads Lice n/a None, but must be treated.
Verrucas n/a None, but verruca must be covered
Diarrhea and vomiting n/a 48 hours after last occurrence 

Medical appointments 

As far as is possible, we ask that medical appointments are made out of school time; however, we do understand that this is not always possible. If your child has to be taken out of school for a medical appointment, the School must be advised in writing, so that it can be marked appropriately in the register. The letter/note can be handed to your child's teacher or given in at the Office.

When you come to collect your child, please go to reception and speak to someone in the Office. 

Prescribed medicines 

We understand that from time your child may need to take medicine while at school. Please bring all medication to the School Office at the start of the day, and complete an 'Administration of Medicines or Treatment Form of Consent', giving full instructions of dose, etc. Please see our Medicines Policy  for further information.