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Infectious Illness

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

Chicken Pox




Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, Salmonella and Dysentery

Glandular Fever

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

High temperature


Infective hepatitis




Pediculosis (lice)

Pertussis (Whooping cough)

Plantar warts


Ringworm of scalp

Ringworm of the body

Rubella (German Measles)


Scarlet fever and Streptococca

Infection of the throat


Typhoid fever

Warts (including Verrucae)




First 24 hours

7 days from when the rash first appeared

24 hours or until the eyes have stopped ‘weeping’

48 hours

2-5 days

48 hours or until advised by the doctor

Until certified well

During acute phase and while rash and ulcers are present

7 days from onset of jaundice & when recovered

Until clinically well

24 hours

Until the skin has healed

7 days from the onset

7 days from when the rash first appeared

Until certified well

7 days minimum or until the swelling has subsided


21 days from the onset

Should be treated and covered

Until certified well

Until cured

Until treatment has been given

4 days from onset of rash

Until treatment has been given


3 days from the start of the treatment

Until declared free from infection by a doctor

Until declared free from infection by a doctor

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.