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Guidance on infection control in schools

Infection or complaint

Recommended period to be kept away

from school, nursery or childminders



Chickenpox Until all vesicles have crusted over See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff – Pregnancy



German measles (rubella)* Four days from onset of rash (as per “Green Book”) Preventable by immunisation (MMR x2 doses). See: Female Staff – Pregnancy



Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period



Ringworm Exclusion not usually required Treatment is required



Scarlet fever* Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment Antibiotic treatment is recommended for the affected child


Slapped cheek/fifth disease. Parvovirus B19 None (once rash has developed) See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff – Pregnancy
Shingles Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered Can cause chickenpox in those who are not immune, ie have not had chickenpox. It is spread by very close contact and touch. If further information is required, contact your local PHE centre. See: Vulnerable Children and Female Staff – Pregnancy



Warts and verrucae None Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gymnasiums and changing rooms





Diarrhoea and/or vomiting   48 hours from last episode of diarrhea or vomiting


Flu (influenza) Until recovered See: Vulnerable Children



Whooping cough* (pertussis) Five days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non-infectious coughing may continue for many weeks. Your local PHE centre will organise any contact tracing necessary



Conjunctivitis None If an outbreak/cluster occurs,


Glandular fever                               None  
Head lice None Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen


Mumps* Exclude child for five days after onset of swelling Preventable by vaccination (MMR x2 doses)
Threadworms None Treatment is recommended for the child and household contacts
Tonsillitis None There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic