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Illness & Absence

On 16th March 2020  the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

The Department for Education has opened a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

·         No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please see the poster below for latest advice. 

Leave of absence/holidays

Please note that there is no entitlement for a parent to take a child out of school for a holiday during term time. If you believe there are exceptional circumstances you may apply in writing to the Headteacher, outlining the exceptional circumstance. Please see the link below. 


If the leave of absence is taken and there are no authorised exceptional circumstances the school will notify the local authority who may issue a penalty notice of £60 to each parent for each child to be paid within 21 days; rising to £120 if not paid within the required timescale. 


As the start of a new school year is such an important time please note that under Essex County Council guidelines a penalty notice may be issued if there are 6 or more sessions (3 days) un-authorised absence due to a holiday during the first 2 weeks of September.