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Medicine in schools

For detailed information, please look at the pdf "Medicines in school".

To update or inform school of a change in medical need please use the pdf "Medical Care Plan Template".

For ad hoc medical requests please use the pdf "Ad hoc medicine request".

For any queries please contact the School Office on 01954 717 180. Thank you.

Handout – Public Health England guidance on infection control in schools


Recommended period to be kept away from school


Rashes and infections




Five days from the onset of rash

See: Vulnerable children and female staff – pregnancy

German measles (rubella)

Six days from onset of rash

Preventable by immunisation


Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period


Four days from onset of rash


Scarlet fever

Child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment recommended for the affected child

Slapped cheek (fifth disease or parvovirus B19)


See: Vulnerable children and female staff – pregnancy


Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered


Diarrhoea and vomiting illness



Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting


E. coli O157 VTEC

Should be excluded for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea

Further exclusion may be required for young children under five and those who have difficulty in adhering to hygiene practices

Respiratory infections



Flu (influenza)

Until recovered

See: Vulnerable children

Whooping cough* (pertussis)

5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment

Preventable by vaccination

Other infections





If an outbreak/cluster occurs, consult the Duty Room

Glandular Fever



Head lice


Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen