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Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

Sickness

If your child is unwell please telephone the school office to let us know. In line with safeguarding procedures if there is no explanation received for absence, we shall telephone the pupil’s named contacts held at school in the order they are listed at 9.30am on the day of absence.

We follow Public Health England’s Guidance on infection control as shown below:

Rashes and skin infections

Children with rashes should be considered infectious and assessed by their doctor. 

Infection or Complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders

Comments

Athlete’s foot

None

Athletes foot is not a serious condition. Treatment is recommended

Chickenpox

Until all vesicles have crusted over

See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff- Pregnancy

Cold Sores,

(Herpes Simplex)

None

Avoid kissing and contact with the sores. Cold sores are generally mild and self limiting

German measles

(Rubella)

Four days from onset of rash (as per “Green Book”)

Preventable by immunization (MMRx2 doses) see: Female staff- Pregnancy

Hand, foot & mouth

None

Contact your local HPT if a large number of children are affected. Exclusion may be considered in some circumstances

Impetigo

Until the lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hrs after starting antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period

Measles*

Four days from the

onset of the rash

Preventable by vaccination (MMRx2). See vulnerable Children and Female Staff- Pregnancy

Molluscum Contagiosum

None

A self limiting condition

Ringworm

Exclusion not normally required

Treatment is required

Roseola (Infantum)

None

None

Scabies

Children can return after the first treatment

Household and close contacts require treatment

Scarlet fever

Children can return 24 hrs after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment is recommended for the affected child.

Slapped cheek/fifth disease. Parvovirus B19

None (once rash has developed)

See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff - Pregnancy

Shingles

Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered.

Can cause chickenpox in those who are not immune, i.e. have not had chickenpox. It is spread by very close contact and touch. If further information is required contact your local PHE centre.  See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff - Pregnancy

Warts & Verrucae

None

Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gymnasiums and changing rooms

 

Diarrhoea and vomiting illness 

Infection or Complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders

Comments

Diarrhoea and or vomiting

48hrs from last episode of diarrhea or vomiting

 

E. Coli 0157 VTEC Typhoid * (and paratyphoid*) (enteric fever) Shigella (dysentery)

Should be excluded for 48hrs from the last episode of diarrhea. Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer excreting.

Further exclusion is required for children aged five years or younger and those who have difficulty in adhering to hygiene practices. Children in these categories should be excluded until there is evidence of microbiological clearance. This guidance may also apply to some contacts who may also require microbiological clearance. Please consult your local PHE centre for further advice.

Cryptosporidiosis

Exclude for 48hrs from the last episode of diarrhoea

Exclusion from swimming is advisable for two weeks after the diarrhea has settled.

 

Respiratory infections

Infection or Complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders

Comments

Flu (Influenza)

Until recovered

See: Vulnerable Children

Tuberculosis*

Always consult your local PHE centre

Requires prolonged close contact for spread

Whooping cough*

(Pertussis)

Five days from starting anti biotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment

Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non- infectious coughing may continue for many weeks. Your local PHE centre will organize any contact tracing necessary.

 

Other infections 

Infection or Complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders

Comments

Conjunctivitis

None

If an outbreak occurs, consult your local PHE centre.

Diptheria*

Exclusion is essential. Always consult with your local HPT

Family contacts must be excluded until cleared to return by your local PHE centre. Preventable by vaccination. Your local PHE centre will organize any contact tracing necessary.

Glandular fever

None

 

Head lice

None

Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen

Hepatitis A *

Exclude until 7 days after onset of jaundice (or 7 days after symptom onset if no jaundice

In an outbreak of hepatitis A, your local PHE centre will advise on control measures

Hepatitis B*, C*

HIV /AIDS

None

Hepatitis B & C are bloodborne viruses that are not infectious through casual contact. For cleaning of body fluid spills see Good Hygiene Practice.

Meningococcal meningitis*/septicaemia

Until recovered

Meningitis C is preventable by vaccination. There is no reason to exclude siblings or other close contacts of a case. In case of an outbreak, it may be necessary to provide antibiotics with or without meningococcal vaccination to close school contacts. Your local PHE centre will give advice on any action needed

Meningitis viral*

None

Milder illness. There is no reason to exclude siblings or other close contacts of a case. Contact tracing is not required

MRSA

None

Good hygiene, in particular handwashing and environmental cleaning, are important to minimize any danger of spread. If further information is required, contact your local PHE centre.

Mumps

Exclude children for 5 days from the onset of swelling

Preventable by vaccination (MMRx2 doses)

Threadworms

None

Treatment is recommended for the child and household contacts

Tonsilitis

None

There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need antibiotics.

 

*denotes a notifiable disease. It is a statutory requirement that doctors report a notifiable disease.