Pupil Illness

Illness absence


Parents of pupils at Victoria CP School are made aware that 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 help prevent others from becoming infected. The table below provides guidance on appropriate absence periods for some common infections:




Absence period


ChickenpoxFor 5 days after rash appears




Diarrhoea and vomitingUntil 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Hand, foot and mouth diseaseNone
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

ImpetigoUntil lesions are crusted or healed


MeaslesFor 5 days after rash appears


MumpsFor 5 days after onset of swollen glands


Pertussis (whooping cough)For 5 days after commencing antibiotics


RingwormUntil treatment is started


Rubella(German measles) For 5 days after the onset of the rash




Until treated
Scarlet feverFor 5 days after commencing antibiotics


TuberculosisCCDC will advise on necessary action



Parents/carers will be asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection, and to inform the school as to the nature of the infection, so that the school can inform other parents/carers if necessary, and to make careful observations of any child who seems unwell.

If a child is issued prescribed medication, procedures outlined in the school’s Administering Medicines Policy will be followed.


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