Hornbeam Primary School


What to do when your child is ill.

If your child is ill please ring the school office on 01304 374033, before 9am on the first morning of their illness to report their absence.

It can be confusing to know how long your child should be kept off school as this depends on their illness. The recommendation of the Health Protection Agency for the most common illnesses such as sickness and diarrhoea is 48 hours after the last episode. For illnesses such as chickenpox they recommend 5 days from the onset of the rash, as the spots start to scab over and heal, this reduces the risk of the infection spreading through classes.

A comprehensive list of these guidelines and the schools policy can be found here. If you have any questions or need clarification, please do ring the school.

If you have any concerns or doubts regarding the illness of your child, please always consult a doctor and inform the school.  

If your child becomes ill whilst at school we will always contact you to inform you and arrange collection. We will always try and speak to parents and primary carers in the first instance before calling any additional contacts provided by parents. Please ensure these details are up to date if they change at all.

 COVID- 19 : If your child or anyone in your household has a high temperature and a new persistent cough, please follow the guidelines as issued by the government, regarding self isolation. Please contact the school as soon as possible. If a child is in school and develops any of these symptoms, you will be contacted immediately to collect your child.

NHS Guidance for parents- Who to call can be found here If still in doubt call 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for medical advice.

Guidance from GOV on what parents need to know for children returning to schools and education can be found here

What if there is a confirmed Case of COVID 19?

We will only inform you when there is a confirmed case of COVID and not every time someone is absent from school with symptoms or is just unwell. Once a test is positive, we ask that you contact the school directly as soon as possible. The school will then contact Public Health England.

Public Health England will work with the school to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period they were infectious and will then advise the school what actions to take. This could include closing classes/year groups but this decision will be made by Public Health England.

It would be very helpful to us if you refrained from posting your news on social media until after you have spoken to the school and we have had a chance to work with Public Health England. A facebook post will cause anxiety to other parents who will flood the school office with phone calls at a time when we need to be addressing the situation with Public Health England. Your support in this matter is very much appreciated.


Under the current guidance for schools, staff are able to work across classes. We are keeping this to a minimum but in the event that we need to cover staff absence we will redeploy staff to other year groups so that we can keep all classes open. If the guidance changes or we have a significant number of staff affected by COVID, then we may have to operate partial closures.

Self Isolating/Isolating guidance- NHS

Can my child come to school with a cold? 

COVID19 Information Table for parents