Health Matters

The Public Health Agency have produced a poster offering guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings.

sicknessSickness and Diarrhoea
Children should remain at home for 48 hours after the last bout of illness. This helps us to prevent the spread of illnesses and enables those who have been ill to fully recover. Many thanks for your support.


head liceDealing with head lice/nits
Head lice/nits are not a school problem – they are a community problem and they appear to be around again at the moment. We ALL need to be sure that we are helping to get rid of them. Because of the nit life cycle it is important to treat the hair regularly on at least days 1, 5, 9 and 13. Regular brushing – night and morning – can help.

Because of the recent press release about “Nit Lotion” the following method of checking hair is now recommended.

Wet combing method

  1.  Wash the hair in the normal way with your usual shampoo.
  2.  Put plenty of ordinary conditioner on hair and massage it throughout.
  3.  Comb out tangles with a wide-toothed comb.
  4. Carefully comb through the hair with a detector comb, section by section, keeping the teeth of the comb close to the scalp, inspecting and cleaning the comb between each stroke.
  5. Rinse the hair and leave it dripping wet.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  7. Inspect the rinsing water.
  8. Short or tightly plaited hair is less easily infected.
  9. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to friends, a school nurse, GP, practice nurse or a pharmacist as head lice can affect anyone – They are not caused by neglect or dirt.

Inform the school – if we are aware we can tell other families to be on the look out.

You can find out more information on the website link below.


chicken poxChicken Pox
To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all the spots have crusted over.

Chickenpox is most infectious from one to two days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually five to six days after the start of the rash).

If your child has chickenpox, try to keep them away from public areas to avoid contact with people who have not had it, especially people who are at risk of serious problems, such as newborn babies, pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system (for example, people having cancer treatment or taking steroid tablets).

Follow this NHS link for more information  


A FAQ sheet and a link to the NHS website can be found below.

NHS measles health infortmation

Measles FAQ