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Illness in School: Important Information

Please read the following important information regarding illness in school.....

Illness in school – Chickenpox, scarlet fever and sickness & diarrhoea

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following on from a high number of cases of illness in school for the above, we have consulted with Public Health England and sought advice.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

Following advice, we will extend the exclusion period to 48hrs following symptoms until further notice. Should your child have an episode of vomiting or diarrhoea then we would ask for clear 48hr period until they return to school. We will notify parents via our weekly Oakleaf Newsletter when this will revert back to a 24hr period.

Chickenpox

This is a highly contagious illness. Once an outbreak has occurred in school we would expect to see the number of cases of children with this illness increase. Children are not allowed to return to school until all their spots have crusted over; until this time they are contagious.

Scarlet Fever

Please see enclosed letter from PHE attached.

I have spoken with the children today during assembly, and staff are continuing to remind child with regards to hand washing and hygiene in the hope to prevent the spread of these infections. Please could I ask for your support with reinforcement of this at home as well.

Acting on advice we have removed certain toys/areas of learning from our Reception class rooms during this period, and the toys are on a cleaning, rotational basis. This is to try and prevent the spread of infection further and to ensure that all things are cleaned thoroughly on each occasion.

We have been advised to ensure that all parents/carers are aware of these illnesses in school, and that any pregnant females may wish to consult medical advice if they wish.

We are hopeful with all these measures in place that we will see the volume of cases diminish.

In the first instance, if you have any concerns for your child’s health please ensure you consult with a medical professional and seek immediate advice. If you consult with a doctor ensure they are aware of the illnesses we have currently in school.

Please can I take this opportunity to remind all parents and carers, that any absence must be reported to the school office by email or phone by 9.30am. Should your child contract chickenpox for example a call is required on the first day of absence and then if they are not in school 1 week later if still unwell and a follow up call is required. We do not expect parents to call on a daily basis. ALL other absences must be reported daily, even if it is to confirm they are absent due to the 48hr exclusion timeframe.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Parsons - Headteacher