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Parents reminded to keep unwell children off school

04 January 2023

​Ahead of the Spring Term, Public Health is reminding parents not to send their children to school if they are feeling unwell or have a fever.

Parents are being urged to look out for symptoms of seasonal illnesses including scarlet fever, flu, and COVID-19 and ensure their children only return to school when they are recovered. If positive for COVID-19, they should stay off school for a minimum of 5 days and be symptom free for an additional 48 hours before returning.

Islanders are being reminded to follow current Public Health guidance and spread warmth, not illness, by: 

  • Staying home if feeling unwell and getting a PCR test 
  • Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and Flu
  • Keeping the air fresh by opening windows Parents who think their child or themselves may have scarlet fever should:
  • Contact their GP as soon as possible
  • Stay at home, away from nursery, school, or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection
  • Make sure their child takes the full course of any prescribed antibiotics 

Director of Public Health, Professor Peter Bradley, said: “We have seen a rise in the number of seasonal illnesses this winter, so it is important that, as we head into a new school term, children who are feeling unwell or experiencing fevers stay off school to reduce the spread of illness.

“Winter is a season in which these illnesses thrive, so I urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their flu or COVID-19 vaccines to book an appointment at Let’s spread warmth, not illness this winter.“

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