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Advice for parents

Below, please find a table, taken from the Health Prevention Agency website, of common illness and required exclusion periods from school.

NB – for sickness and diarrhoea, children must not return to school unless clear for 48 hours from the last episode.

Infection or complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders
Athlete’s foot None
Chickenpox Until all vesicles have crusted over
Cold sores, (Herpes simplex) None
German measles (rubella)* Four days from onset of rash
Hand, foot and mouth None
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Measles* Four days from onset of rash
Molluscum contagiosum None
Ringworm Exclusion not usually required
Roseola (infantum) None
Scabies Child can return after first treatment
Scarlet fever* Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment

Slapped cheek/fifth

disease. Parvovirus B19

None (once rash has developed)
Shingles Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered
Warts and verrucae None
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
E. coli O157 VTEC Typhoid* [and paratyphoid*] (enteric fever) Shigella (dysentery) Should be excluded for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea. Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer excreting
Cryptosporidiosis Exclude for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea
Flu (influenza) Until recovered
Tuberculosis* Always consult your local PHE centre
Whooping cough* (pertussis) Five days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment
Conjunctivitis None
Diphtheria * Exclusion is essential. Always consult with your local HPT
Glandular fever None
Head lice None
Hepatitis A* Exclude until seven days after onset of jaundice (or seven days after symptom onset if no jaundice)
Hepatitis B*, C*, HIV/AIDS None
Meningococcal meningitis*/ septicaemia* Until recovered
Meningitis* due to other bacteria Until recovered
Meningitis viral* None
Mumps* Exclude child for five days after onset of swelling
Threadworms None
Tonsillitis None