School refusal, school avoidance or school phobia are terms used to describe the signs or anxiety a school-aged child has and their refusal to go to school.

There are several types of school refusal situations, including:

Young Children Going to School for the First Time

This is a normal type of school refusal. This develops with a child's normal separation anxiety or uneasiness about leaving a parent figure. This type of fear usually goes away within a few days of the child attending school.

Fear

Older children may have school phobia based on a real fear of something that may happen to them at school, such as a bully or a teacher being rude. In this situation, it is important to talk with your child to find out what is causing his or her fears.

Distress

The final type of school refusal is seen in children who are truly distressed about leaving their parent and going to school. Usually, these children enjoy school but are too anxious about leaving their parents to attend. 

 

This is a normal type of school refusal and is part of a child's normal separation anxiety, or uneasiness, about leaving a parent figure. This type of fear usually goes away within a few days of the child attending school.