Medical

SICK CHILDREN

In the event of children becoming ill during the day, or suffering a serious injury, parents will be notified and asked to make arrangements for their care. In extreme emergencies, when parents cannot be contacted, the child may be taken to a hospital via ambulance for treatment. Payment for such treatment will be the parents’ responsibility.

It is important that the school is notified of any change of address, telephone number, or emergency contact person to avoid discomfort or danger to the child caused by delays in obtaining treatment.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Listed below are some of the common childhood complaints encountered at school. Please note that exclusion periods apply unless varied by medical advice and treatment. As a general rule, parents should ensure that children are well before returning them to school.

CHICKEN POX

Exclude until all vesicles have crusted.

CONJUNCTIVITIS

Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.

DIARRHOEA

Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased for 24 hours.

HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

Exclude until vesicles have crusted/dry.

HEPATITIS A

Exclude until 14 days after onset of illness or 7 days after jaundice appears.

IMPETIGO (School Sores)

Exclude until after antibiotic treatment has commenced.  Lesions on exposed skin surfaces should be covered with a waterproof dressing.  Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practice should be excluded until sores are dry.

INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESSES

Re-admit on recovery.

MEASLES

Exclude for 4 days after the onset of the rash.

MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTION

Exclude until after treatment completed.

MUMPS

 

Exclude for 9 days after the onset of symptoms.

PARVOVIRUS19 (Slap Cheek) No exclusion from school, as the virus is only contagious before the rash appears.

RINGWORM, SCABIES, PEDICULOSIS (Lice), TRACHOMA

Exclude until person has received antifungae treatment for 24 hours.  For head lice exclude until hair is treated and lice removed.  For scabies and trachoma exclude until person has received treatment.

RUBELLA  (German Measles):

Exclude for 4 days after onset of rash.

STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTION (Including SCARLET FEVER)

Exclude until person has received antibiotic for 24 hours.

WHOOPING COUGH

Exclude until 5 days after an appropriate antibiotic treatment or for 21 days from the onset of coughing.

WORMS (Intestinal)

Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased.

Information in this table was produced by Prevention and Control Program, Department of Health 2015.