St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School
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Infection Control Guidance - Incubation Periods


Recommended period to be kept away from school


24 hours from last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting (unless we have been notified of local E.coli incidents in which case it will be raised to 48 hours – this will be detailed in our news section)


Until all vesicles have crusted over

German measles

4 days from onset of rash


Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment


4 days from onset of rash

Scarlet fever

Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment


Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered.

Whooping Cough

5 days from starting antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness


 For more information please below:

Infection control guidance for parents