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Confirmed case of Scarlet Fever

NHS information and advice

Confirmed case of scarlet fever

Dear Parents,

We have been informed that there is at least one confirmed case of scarlet fever in the school community. The letter below is issued in line with NHS guidance.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others. The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think your child has scarlet fever:

  • see your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor
  • stay at home, away from school for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection

Complications

Children who have had chickenpox or ‘flu’ recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis (joint pain and swelling). If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

Measures in school:

Ensuring good hygiene

In order to help reduce the likelihood of spread in school we have put in place the following measures:

  • Pupils will wash / sanitise their hands: 
    • On entering school in the morning 
    • Before and after eating lunch / break time snack 
    • On entering the school after learning or outside play 
    • After going to the toilet 
  • The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will be promoted 
  • Avoidance of touching mouth, nose and eyes will be promoted
  • Any wounds will be thoroughly cleaned and covered
  • Water bottles MUST be taken home at the end of each day for cleaning 

Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes 

  • Cleaning packs have been provided in each room with some anti-bacterial spray, cloths, additional gloves, hand wipes and some hand gel 
  • All floors, toilets and touch points will be thoroughly cleaned in the morning / after school 
  • The toilets and touch points will be cleaned again at key points throughout the day

Further Information

You can find more information about scarlet fever at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scarlet-fever/.

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Robinson

Headteacher