Athlete’s foot is not a serious condition. Treatment is recommended.
Five days from onset of rash and all the lesions have crusted over
Cold sores (herpes simplex)
Avoid kissing and contact with the sores. Cold sores are generally mild and heal without treatment
If an outbreak/cluster occurs, consult your local HPT
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Whilst symptomatic and 48 hours after the last symptoms.
Exclusion is essential. Always consult with your local HPT
Preventable by vaccination. Family contacts must be excluded until cleared to return by your local HPT
Report outbreaks to your local HPT.
Hand foot and mouth
Contact your local HPT if large numbers of children are affected. Exclusion may be considered in some circumstances
Treatment recommended only when live lice seen
Exclude until seven days after onset of jaundice (or 7 days after symptom onset if no jaundice)
In an outbreak of hepatitis A, your local HPT will advise on control measures
Hepatitis B*, C*, HIV
Hepatitis B and C and HIV are blood borne viruses that are not infectious through casual contact. Contact your local HPT for more advice
Until lesions are crusted /healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period.
Four days from onset of rash and recovered
Preventable by vaccination (2 doses of MMR). Promote MMR for all pupils and staff. Pregnant staff contacts should seek prompt advice from their GP or midwife
Meningococcal meningitis*/ septicaemia*
Meningitis ACWY and B are preventable by vaccination (see national schedule NHS Vaccinations). Your local HPT will advise on any action needed
Meningitis* due to other bacteria
Hib and pneumococcal meningitis are preventable by vaccination (see national schedule NHS Vaccinations) Your local HPT will advise on any action needed
Milder illness than bacterial meningitis. Siblings and other close contacts of a case need not be excluded.
Good hygiene, in particular handwashing and environmental cleaning, are important to minimise spread. Contact your local HPT for more information
Five days after onset of swelling
Preventable by vaccination with 2 doses of MMR (see national schedule NHS Vaccinations). Promote MMR for all pupils and staff.
Not usually required.
Treatment is needed.
Rubella (German measles)
Four days from onset of rash
Preventable by vaccination with 2 doses of MMR (see national schedule NHS Vaccinations). Promote MMR for all pupils and staff. Pregnant staff contacts should seek prompt advice from their GP or midwife
Exclude until 24hrs of appropriate antibiotic treatment completed
A person is infectious for 2-3 weeks if antibiotics are not administered. In the event of two or more suspected cases, please contact local health protection team.
Can return after first treatment
Household and close contacts require treatment at the same time.
Slapped cheek /Fifth disease/Parvo virus B19
None (once rash has developed)
Pregnant contacts of case should consult with their GP or midwife.
Treatment recommended for child & household
There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic treatment
Always consult your local HPT BEFORE disseminating information to staff/parents/carers
Only pulmonary (lung) TB is infectious to others. Needs close, prolonged contact to spread
Warts and verrucae
Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gyms and changing rooms
Whooping cough (pertussis)*
Two days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of symptoms if no antibiotics
Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non-infectious coughing may continue for many weeks. Your local HPT will organise any contact tracing
* Denotes a notifiable disease. It is a statutory requirement that doctors report a notifiable disease to the proper officer of the local authority (usually a consultant in communicable disease control).
How do we manage attendance within school?
Every half term, the academy convenes an internal meeting to review pupil attendance. If a pupil’s attendance is less than 90%, then they become a ‘Persistent Absentee (PA)’. Absence at this level is doing considerable damage to any child’s educational prospects and we need parents' fullest support and co-operation to tackle this. Absence is thoroughly monitored on a termly basis. Any pupils thought to be PA or likely to be PA will be closely monitored from week to week. If at the end of the half term a child’s percentage attendance is below 90%, a letter will be sent to parents informing them their attendance with a printout from the Integris system. The school must, however, consider each PA and decide whether a letter is appropriate, e.g. if the child has had a prolonged illness etc. Cases of persistent absence may be made known to the local authority attendance team.
If a child’s attendance is declining towards 90%, then the school will send an advisory letter to parents informing them of this.
At all stages, support is given through the STAN team.