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When it’s OK to return to School

Home is the only place for sick children. The sick bay at school is only for unwell children who are waiting to be collected by parents.


Below is the official guide for details of exclusion in cases of infectious diseases:

CHICKEN POX

Until fully recovered, usually 5 days after the rash has appeared and blisters have dried.

Note: Some remaining scabs are not an indication to return to school.

CONJUNCTIVITIS

Until the discharge from the eyes has stopped.

GASTROENTERITIS

Children should be excluded from school until symptoms have ceased or a medical acertificate of recovery is produced. If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they should not attend school for at least 48 hours after last vomiting episode or bowel motion.


HEADLICE

Headlice presents a constant problem in all schools. Regular checking of the scalp is essential to aid in the control of this pest. If you notice the small round white eggs treat immediately. Please note that only specific lotions/shampoos will kill head lice. Parents have a responsibility to treat their children if infested. It is advisable to wash bedding and hats after treatment.

Children must be kept at home until treatment has been completed.

Please notify the school of any infection so that preventative measures can be taken. Pamphlets about treating and preventing this condition are available from the school and local councils.

MEASLES

For at least 4 days from appearance of rash or until Medical Certificate of recovery is produced.


MUMPS

Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner)


RINGWORM

Until day after treatment has commenced.


RUBELLA

Until fully recovered and at least 4 days from the start of the rash.

SCABIES

Until day after treatment has commenced.

SCHOOL SORES, IMPETIGO

Until sores have healed. Sores should be treated and must be covered if the child is attending school.


VIRAL HEPATITIS

Until Medical Certificate is provided and 7 days after the start of jaundice.

VIRAL INFECTION

If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they should not attend school for at least 48 hours after last vomiting episode or bowel motion.

WHOOPING COUGH

For 21 days after the onset of cough or until they have completed 5 days of a course of antibiotic treatment.


For more information please consult the Vic Health Blue Book