School Sickness Policy UK

What is a Primary & Secondary School Sickness Policy?

A primary & secondary school sickness policy is a critical document that outlines the procedures and guidelines to be followed when a student falls ill. This policy is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, and the broader school community. It details when and how parents should report a child’s sickness, the criteria for keeping a child at home, and the steps for their return to school.

Importance of a Sickness Policy in Primary Schools & Secondary Schools

A clear and comprehensive sickness policy is crucial for primary schools to efficiently manage health-related incidents. This not only minimises the spread of illnesses by ensuring sick children are identified and stay home, but also demonstrates the school’s commitment to student health and well-being through outlined procedures. Furthermore, a well-documented policy benefits everyone by providing clear information to both parents and staff on how to act in case of student illnesses.

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How CEFM can help develop your Sickness Policy

CEFM specialises in providing expert policy development services tailored to the unique needs of educational institutions. Here’s how we can assist your primary school:

  • Customised Policy Drafting: We create bespoke sickness policies that reflect the specific requirements and ethos of your school.
  • Legal Compliance: Ensure your sickness policy complies with the latest health and safety laws and guidelines.
  • Training and Implementation Support: We offer training for school staff to effectively implement the policy and manage sickness in students.

Best practices for implementing a sickness policy

Implementing a sickness policy effectively requires careful planning and communication, schools should:

  • Communicate Clearly with Parents and Staff: Regularly update parents and staff about the sickness policy and any changes to it.
  • Monitor and Review: Regularly review the policy to ensure it meets current health guidelines and school needs.
  • Educate Students: Teach students about good hygiene practices to reduce the spread of illness.

Contact CEFM today to start the conversation about how we can help enhance your school’s safeguarding strategies. Ensure your policies reflect best practices and comply with the latest regulations.