Infectious Diseases

Please note:the information on this page is strictly to be used as a guide only. Please seek medical advice if you have any concern regarding your child's health to receive accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Disease or condition

Pupil Exclusion from School period

Exclusion of family members or other Contacts

Amoebiasis (Entamoeba Histolytica)

Exclude until diarrhea has ceased

Not Excluded

Campylobacter

Exclude until diarrhea has ceased

Not Excluded

Chickenpox

Exclude until fully recovered or at least 5days after eruption first appears. Note: that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion.

Any child with an immune deficiency (for example, leukemia) or recovering chemotherapy should be excluded

Conjunctivitis

Exclude until discharge from eyes had ceased

Not excluded

Diarrhea

Exclude until diarrhea has ceased or until medical certificate of recovery is produced

Not excluded

Diphtheria

Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is received following at least 2 negative throat swabs, the first not less than 24hours after finishing a course of antibiotics and the other 48hours later.

Exclude family/household contacts until cleared to return by the Office.

Haemophilius type B (Hib)

Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is received

Not excluded

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Until blisters have dried

Not excluded

Hepatitis A

Exclude until a medical certificate of recovery is received, but not before 7days after the onset if jaundice or illness

Not excluded

Herpes (Cold sores)

Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices should be excluded while the lesion is weeping. Lesions to be covered by dressing, where possible.

Not excluded

Human immunodeficiency virus infection
(HIV/AIDS virus)

Exclusion is not necessary unless child has secondary infection

Not excluded

Impetigo (School Sores)

Exclude until appropriate treatment ha commenced. Sores on exposed surfaces must be covered with a waterlight dressing

Not excluded

Influenza and Influenza like illnesses

Exclude until well

Not excluded

Leprosy

Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Office

Not excluded

Measles

Exclude for at least 4 days after onset of rash

Immunised contacts not excluded. Unimmunised contacts should be excluded until 14days after the first day of appearance of rash in the last case. If unimmunised contacts are vaccinated within 72hours of last contact with the first case they may return to school.

Meningitis (bacteria)

Exclude until well

Not excluded

Mennigococcal Infection

Excluded until adequate carrier eradication therapy has been completed

Not excluded if receiving carrier eradication

Mumps

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

Not excluded

Poliomyelitis

Exclude for at least 14days from onset. Re-admit after recovering medical certificate of recovering.

Not excluded

Ringworm, Scabies, Head Lice (Pediculosis)

Readmit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced

Not excluded

Rubella
(German Measles)

Exclude until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of rash

Not excluded

Salmonella, Shigella

Exclude until diarrhea has ceases

Not excluded

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is produced

Not excluded

Streptococcal Infection
(including Scarlet Fever)

Exclude until the child has received antibiotics treatment for at least 24hours and the child feels well

Not excluded

Trachoma

Readmit the day after appropriate treatment for at least 24hours and the child feels well

Not excluded

Tuberculosis

Exclude until receipt of a medical certificate from the treating physician stating that the child is not considered to be infectious

Not excluded

Typhoid fever
(including paratyphoid fever)

Exclude until approved to return had been given by the Office

Not excluded unless considered necessary by the Office

Verotoxin producing Escherichia coil (VTEC)

Exclude if required by the Office and only for the period specified by the Secretary

Not excluded

Whooping Cough

Excluded the child for 5days after starting antibiotics treatment

Exclude unimmunised household contacts aged less than 7years and close child care contacts for 14days after the last exposure to infection or until they have taken 5days of a 10day course of antibiotics

Worms (Intestinal)

Exclude if diarrhea present

Not excluded