Everton Primary School

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Illness and Medicines in school

Absence due to illness


If your child is acutely unwell they must be kept at home.  Please call the school by 8:45am on each day of absence (there is a voicemail service if you wish to leave a message). 


If your child has diarrhoea or has vomited they should be absent from school for 48 hours from the last bout. Please speak to Mrs Bailey in the school office for further clarification.


Medicines in school


In line with government regulations we are unable to administer medicines in school. This is the case for all children unless your child's significant medical needs require an individual Health Care Plan (HCP) that is written in partnership with health professionals.  


We would therefore advise you that if your child needs antibiotics, for example, you ask your GP to prescribe a three-dose daily course.  This would enable you to administer the medicine before school, after school and before bedtime.  Alternatively parents/carers are welcome to come into school to administer any medication needed.





What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19


If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.

The isolation period includes the day symptoms started (or the day the test was taken if no symptoms), and the next 10 full days.

All other household members who remain well no longer have to self-isolate, as long as they are fully vaccinated (defined as having received the recommended doses of a MHRA-approved vaccination in the UK, with the last dose being at least 14 days before the exposure to COVID-19), medically exempt from vaccination, or aged under 18 years and six months: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (




The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

·     a new continuous cough

·     a high temperature

·     a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.



How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


·     wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

·     use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

·     wash your hands as soon as you get home

·     cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

·     put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

·     Further Information

Further information is available at