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A step too far for parents

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The latest illness absence advice handed out to parents of school-age children in Bridgend from the Central South Consortium which is a partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr councils is in my view, irresponsible.

It says that parents should send their sick children to school when they are suffering from certain illnesses. This advice is contained in a leaflet and suggests that parents should be sending children to school when they are suffering from illnesses such as glandular fever, and tonsillitis as well as infectious conditions such as conjunctivitis, slapped cheek, and hand foot and mouth.


The leaflet goes on to say that children with certain conditions should keep away from ‘vulnerable children, and pregnant females’. How is anyone – including the children themselves- to know if a child is vulnerable or if a woman is in the early stages of pregnancy?


I cannot help but feel that the Consortium is prioritising its own objective of increasing attendance over the well-being of children in Bridgend. My view is that they need to reconsider this advice and withdraw the leaflet.

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