Should my child go to school today?
Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Children can return to school 48hrs after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea
Headache, earache and stomach ache
- Children with head, ear or stomach ache are still able to go to school. Please just inform staff they feel unwell.
- Give paracetamol and plenty of fluids
- If headache, earache or stomach aches persist please seek medical advice
- Give paracetamol and plenty to drink. If your child feels better after paracetamol you can bring them to school. If the high temperature continues for three or more days you must seek medical advice.
Cough and cold
- Child should be given paracetamol, plenty of fluids and they can be sent to school.
- If your child is asthmatic they may need their blue inhaler more often
- Child should return to school once they have recovered, this is usually around 5 days
Sore throat, tonsilitis and glandular fever
- Child should be given paracetamol and plenty of fluids and can be sent into school if they are well enough
- Your child can attend school if they have head lice but they MUST be treated to prevent further spreading.
- Parents must treat their children and other family members by wet combing with a nit comb and conditioner.
- Further advice can be sought from your school nurse or pharmacist
- Children can return to school after receiving thier first treatment
- Other family members at home should also be treated
- Once treatment has started your child can return to school
- Everyone at home must also be treated
Hand, foot and mouth
Warts and verrucae
Athletes foot ad molluscum contagiosum
- Children are able to attend school
- Verrucae must be covered in swimming pools and changing rooms
- Your child can still attend school.
- They must be encouraged to wash hands to prevent spreading
- Children can return to school once lesions are crusted / healed or two days after starting antibiotics
Measles, chicken pox and German measles
- Measles – Child can to school four days after the rash has started
- Chicken pox – child should return to school five days after the rash has started
- German measles – child should return to school six days after rash has started. Please inform school as pregnant members of staff may be affected
- Child should return to school five days from the start of the swollen glands
- Child should return to school five days after the start of antibiotics, although the non-infectious cough may continue for many weeks after.
- Child can return to school 24hrs after starting antibiotics if they are well enough