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pink84 Mon 17-Oct-11 17:08:35

Dc's school does not allow children to return to school until 48 hours have elapsed since last bout sickess.
Is this common in most primary schools?

WowOoo Mon 17-Oct-11 17:09:49

Think it's 24 hrs in ours.

Sam100 Mon 17-Oct-11 17:12:15

Yes certainly at our school - they do mean actual vomiting and/or diarrohea though rather than just feeling a bit poorly/under the weather. So if child has been off with a sore throat they can go back in the next day if no temperature and they feel better. But if they have been sick then they cannot go in for 48 hours even if they are bouncing off the walls.

JaneBirkin Mon 17-Oct-11 17:23:43

Yes it's normal and it's recommended by the Health Protection Agency and the NHS.

So it's important to stick to it. Otherwise the whole school rapidly gets whatever your child had, especially the little ones who aren't the best at washing hands..

desertgirl Mon 17-Oct-11 17:45:39

It's a bit difficult though if you have a child who gets sick for non-bug related reasons - eg DD threw up on the first night staying at her cousin's - we'd been doing a lot of traveling (live abroad); strange bed, different people around her - she was fine in the morning. She was also sick a couple of times in the morning of what was supposed to be her first day at school - fine by 10am. If I had to wait 48 hours (which I have seen in various places) she would have missed 2 days for no benefit to anyone; she wasn't infectious. Fortunately, school understood...... (also fortunately she does like school now she's started!)

JaneBirkin Mon 17-Oct-11 17:54:54

The problem is though you can't always be sure what has caused it. So it's fairer on everyone to wait 24 hours if it was a one off.

CustardCake Mon 17-Oct-11 18:26:27

We have a 48 hour rule

There are some children who have IBS type conditions or constipations issues or vomiting due to medical complaints but they have to have a letter from their DR. They won't just take your word for it that its travel sickness or coughing too hard.
The reason is that it spreads like wildfire in a confined, hot little classroom and of course if the staff get it as well it causes chaos. Even if they are sick at 10am and then totally fine and eating like a horse for the rest of the day, you still need to keep them at home as they can still be contagious.

annh Mon 17-Oct-11 18:29:15

It would be nice if schools could make exceptions where children have been ill from, e.g., travel sickness and pose no risk of infection to anyone else. Unfortunately, too many people already take the p^&s in sending obviously unwell children to school because they have to work or have other plans.

CustardCake Mon 17-Oct-11 18:29:19

Yes sorry - it is 48 hours after the last episode of D&V that you can return so if a child is sick on Monday night and then again Tuesday morning, they can't go back until Thursday even if they seem fine
If they have a bad tummy for a few days, it is 48 hours after the last time that their tummy is bad so that could be a week or more off school.
If they just have sniffles or a tummy ache but no symptoms then that doesn't require the 48 hour rule (or 24 as some schools seem to say although I was sure the proper recommendations say 48)

CustardCake Mon 17-Oct-11 18:31:54

annh- exactly. If there was an exception for travel sickness, every person with a vomiting child would claim it was down to a long car journey!
People have pressures to go to work and bosses aren't that happy about parents missing 3 days just because their DC has been sick twice. At least with the rule as it is, most companies know you have no choice as a school simply won't let a child return until the time limit is up. If there was an element of choice, parents would feel forced to send in their contagious child regardless..

desertgirl Mon 17-Oct-11 19:06:41

jane - 24, ok, but 48 (which I think is the school policy)? there has to be some room for common sense (though I think I just wouldn't tell the school if they had been travel sick, not particularly intentionally but it wouldn't occur to me it was relevant)

JaneBirkin Mon 17-Oct-11 19:11:42

Yes. Ours allow 24 in most cases however at times of great affliction they send out a note asking people to observe the 48 as half the school is off.

I think it's a good compromise...unfortunately some people still do take the piss, and base whether to return a child to school on their work/other commitments rather than how contagious that child is likely to be.

I guess it happens everywhere

EdithWeston Mon 17-Oct-11 19:16:32

48 hour rule here.

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