School Health Advice

This guidance follows information provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA)

Diarrhoea and Vomiting Illness

A pupil should not return to school until 48 hours following the last bout of diarrhoea or sickness. Other forms of infections in this category are: E coli, Typhoid and Dysentery. In all cases pupils should not return to school until fully recovered; further advice can be gained by contacting the local Health Protection Unit (HPU) on 0161 786 6710

Respiratory Infections

  • Flu - pupil should not return to school until recovered
  • Tuberculosis - although this is not usually spread from children, if an infection does occur immediately contact the Health Protection Unit
  • Whooping Cough - pupil can return once they have been taking antibiotics for five day, or in 21 days if no treatment sought

Rashes / Skin Infections

  • Chicken Pox / German Measles / Measles - pupils may return to school 5 days after the rash first appears
  • Impetigo - pupil may return once lesions are crusted or healed
  • Ringworm - may not return to school until treatment has commenced
  • Scabies - pupil can return to school after receiving first treatment
  • Scarlet Fever - pupil may return 5 days after commencing antibiotics
  • Shingles - pupil may come into school as long as the rash is covered and not oozing

Other Infections

  • Diphtheria - pupil must be removed from school and HPU informed
  • Hepatitis A* - pupil may have to be removed from school and HPU informed
  • Meningitis - pupil may not return to school until fully recovered
  • Mumps - pupil may return to school five days after the onset of swollen glands

Common Childhood Infections

  • Warts and verrucae - should always be covered when in changing rooms and gymnasiums
  • Head Lice - treatment is recommended where live lice have been seen and regular detection should be carried out by parents

Good Hygiene Practice

Pupils should be aware of good hygiene practices including hand washing, covering mouths and noses when coughing/ sneezing

Bites and Stings

Should be referred to a first aider, cleaned and family informed immediately who should be advised to take pupil to GP or A&E, if necessary


If a contagious infection presents itself within school, all those potentially at risk will be informed and necessary action taken. In terms of informing the relevant bodies, these include the LA and HPU.