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Medical Certification for Children

It has recently come to our attention that some schools are asking for Medical Certifications when a child is off sick to comply with their school policy. We have therefore sent the statement below to all schools in Clevedon to clarify our policy regarding these requests.

"Medical certification for short term illness is not appropriate and should not be requested as standard school policy. On the rare occasion medical evidence is deemed necessary by the school, as a result of poor communication or clarity from the parents, or where there has been a long history of absences related to illness, a written request from a senior member of staff may be made by the school, with the parents’ informed consent, and a fee will be payable.

GPs can only give a private medical certificate when they have documentary evidence to confirm actual illness; i.e. from the date that the child has sought medical advice. This is a ‘private’ certificate and the GP is entitled to charge a fee for this service. Retrospective certificates are not valid and should not be issued."





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