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Priors Field Primary School

Medical & Illness arrangements


If a child becomes unwell during the course of the school day we will telephone you. If, however, after keeping a close eye on them, we feel they are well enough to continue with their lessons, we will allow them to do so.

Following the advice given by Public Health England, we ask that children who have had stomach upsets remain off school for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. For most other illnesses, children may return to school once they feel well enough unless indicated in the exclusion table.

The following list of the most common communicable diseases and skin infections will give you an idea of how long affected children should be kept away from school. 


Incubation period

Period of exclusion from school

Chicken pox 14 - 21 days Until all vesicles have crusted over
Diarrhoea or vomiting None

48 hours after the last episode

 of diarrhoea or vomiting

German measles 14 - 21 days 4 days from onset of rash
Impetigo  4 - 10 days Until lesions are healed, or 48 hours after beginning antibiotics
Measles  10 - 15 days 4 days from onset of rash
Mumps 12 - 15 days 5 days from onset of swelling


5 days from positive test or until recovered
Slapped cheek disease


No exclusion period, but please inform school if you suspect your child might be affected.

The PHE advice is that children with rashes should be considered infectious and assessed by their doctor.

Guidance on infection control in schools poster

Request for school to administer medication

      • Ofsted