Our Team deliver lot’s of training for Schools and nurseries, reading this you may have already met Lynne, Jayne or Graham. There have been quite a few times when members of staff have asked us the question ‘when should a pupil not be allowed in School if they have an infection’ Common infections asked about are chickenpox, impetigo and vomiting and diarrhea. On occasions a parent may tell a member of staff … ‘the doctor says it’s okay for them to be in school’, but this may not give the full picture or may contradict school policy and cause other children and staff to go off sick and the problem can then escalate.
The School’s policy should set out clearly the incubation periods so that all staff are aware that they are following what is expected. Parents and carers should also be made aware of the requirements for children not to be in School where a condition may be infectious.
Public Health England provides guidance for schools on prevention of illness and infectious disease.
This guidance forms a sound basis for School policy and childcare settings. Information given in the guidance may help to clarify any doubtful points and gives reassurance that your setting is following the recommended standards.
Following PHE guidelines supports your decision making and gives sound backing when speaking with parents and carers about their child and whether they are able to attend or remain absent.
Public Health Agency provide a handy poster to put up in your staff room or office to give a quick visual reminder of the guidelines.
Contact us if you would like support for your school or childcare setting with first aid or safeguarding information and training.
CALL 0161 672 7250 or complete our online contact form letting us know when you’re available to discuss your support needs.