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Pupil Illness Absence

The table below lists some of the more common illnesses and infectious diseases that your child might develop. It gives guidance on the appropriate absence periods to help prevent others from becoming infected.

 

Illness Absence

Any child who is acutely unwell should be kept away from school until they are well enough to benefit and participate. In addition, even if they appear well, it is necessary to keep children who have certain infectious diseases away from school for an appropriate period to prevent others from becoming infected. The table below provides guidance on appropriate absence periods for some common infections.

Disease

Absence Period

Chickenpox

For 5 days after rash appears

Conjunctivitis

None

Diarrhoea and vomiting

Until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

Hand, foot and mouth disease

None

Hepatitis A

Young children – 7 days after onset of jaundice. There is no need for older children with good hygiene to be absent provided they are well enough to attend school

Impetigo

Until lesions are crusted or healed

Measles

For 5 days after rash appears

Mumps

For 5 days after onset of swollen glands

Pertussis (whooping cough)

For 5 days after commencing antibiotics

Ringworm

Until treatment is started

Rubella (German measles)

For 5 days after the onset of the rash

Scabies

Until treated

Scarlet fever

For 5 days after commencing antibiotics

Threadworms

None

Tuberculosis

CCDC will advise on necessary action

 

Guidance on illness and absence from school

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