Infectious/Contagious Illnesses

We are committed to the health and safety of all children and staff who play, learn and work here. It may sometimes be necessary to require a sick child to be collected early or be kept at home while they get better. In such cases, the provisions of the Health, Illness and Emergency policy will be implemented.

In accordance with the procedures set out in the Health, Illness and Emergency policy parents/carers will be notified immediately if their child has become ill and needs to go home. Poorly children will be comforted, kept safe and under close supervision until they are collected.

If a child has had to go home prematurely due to illness, they should remain at home until they are better for at least 24 hours, or according to the times set out in the table below.

If a child becomes ill outside of school hours, parents/carers should notify the school as soon as possible. The minimum exclusion periods outlined in the table below will come into operation.

If any infectious or communicable disease is detected on the schools premises the school will inform parents/carers personally in writing as soon as possible. The school is committed to sharing as much information as possible about the source of the disease and the steps being taken to remove it. The Local Authority and Health Authority will be informed of any infectious or communicable diseases discovered on the school premises.

Minimum Exclusion Periods for Illness and Disease

Antibiotics prescribed First 24 hours
Chicken Pox 7 days from when the rash first appeared
Conjunctivitis 24 hours or until the eyes have stopped ‘weeping’
Diarrhoea 48 hours
Diphtheria 2-5 days
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, Salmonella and Dysentery 48 hours or until advised by the doctor
Glandular Fever Until certified well
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease During acute phase and while rash and ulcers are present
Hepatitis A 7 days from onset of jaundice & when recovered
Hepatitis B Until clinically well
High temperature 24 hours
Impetigo Until the skin has healed
Infective hepatitis 7 days from the onset
Measles 7 days from when the rash first appeared
Meningitis Until certified well
Mumps 7 days minimum or until the swelling has subsided
Pediculosis (lice)
Pertussis (Whooping cough) 21 days from the onset
Plantar warts Should be treated and covered
Poliomuelitis Until certified well
Ringworm of scalp Until cured
Ringworm of the body Until treatment has been given
Rubella (German Measles) 4 days from onset of rash
Scabies Until treatment has been given
Scarlet fever and Streptococca
Infection of the throat 3 days from the start of the treatment
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by a doctor
Typhoid fever Until declared free from infection by a doctor
Warts (including Verrucae) Exclusion not necessary. Sufferer should keep feet covered.

This list is not necessarily exhaustive, and parents/carers are encouraged to contact local health services if they are in any doubt.