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CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES

We are often asked how long children should be kept at home after they have been suffering from various childhood illnesses. Below we have listed some of the more common/milder ones and our School Policy on each exclusion period/return to school. We hope that you find this information useful.

CHICKEN POX

Return to school 5 days after the onset of rash as long as all spots are crusted over

SCARLET FEVER

Return to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics

CONJUNCTIVITIS

Return to school after starting medication

HAND, FOOT & MOUTH

Children should be kept away until the spots have gone from their hands. (This is not the same as the cattle disease)

HEAD LICE

We recommend that your child’s hair is checked weekly using a fine tooth comb and that children with long hair have it tied back.

IMPETIGO

Return to school after 48 hours of antibiotics as long as lesions are crusted over and healed

SICKNESS AND/ OR DIARRHOEA

Return to school 48 hours after the last bout of sickness and/or diarrhoea.

SLAPPED CHEEK

Until child has recovered.  If a woman develops the disease early in pregnancy, it may occasionally lead to a miscarriage.  Pregnant women should consult with their GPs.  Notification to parents/carers will be in the form of a letter displayed on a red/orange background and placed on the notice boards and by main doors.

TAPE/THREAD WORMS             Seek advice from your GP

Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child is suffering from any communicable disease so that we can take steps to prevent the spread of any infections. (A list of reportable diseases is displayed on school notice boards).

As with any sickness absence, a letter giving details is required upon your child’s return to school.