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Medical advice on exclusion periods for illness and diseases

Illness/Disease: Period of exclusion:
Chicken pox Until all spots have dried up (usually 5 days after the onset of the spots).
Conjunctivitis After treatment - when weeping stops and eye is less agitated.
Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Until rash and ulcers subside.
Head Lice Children can attend school/nursery as long as treatment has started.
Impetigo Until the rash is healed.
Ringworm Until treatment has been given.
Sickness and Diarrhoea 48 hours after last bout.

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In the interest of safety we must be informed of any allergies so that we can complete a medical plan and make staff aware.  This is particularly important information for staff when they are organising food preparation and tasting.

Many children bring sweets as birthday treats.  We ask parents not to send products containing nuts. The treats are given out at the end of the session/day and children are asked not to eat them until they have gained permission from parents and carers.

Illness and control of infection

In school we are vigilant about hygiene and encourage children to flush toilets, wash their hands and use tissues when coughing and sneezing in order to reduce the chance of infections spreading.

If your child has diarrhoea or vomiting, he or she must not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.

Head lice

About one in ten children in the UK may catch head lice.  Children between 4 and 11 are most at risk becuase of close physical contact between them. Having head lice has nothing to do with personal hygiene, head lice can live on all types of hair and no preference exists between clean or dirty hair.

We recommend that you check your child's hair on a weekly basis and treat if you find eggs or lice. Please let school know so that we can alert other parents in the class by means of a letter to prevent the problem becoming widespread.


Click on the image above for a link to more advice on how to check and treat head lice.

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