Dear Parents and Carers,
We are writing to inform you that we have more than one confirmed case of chicken pox in Year 1. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to explain the procedure for when to keep your child at home and when it is appropriate to send them back to school, should your child develop the symptoms.
Chicken pox is a mild and common childhood illness caused by a virus called varicella zoster. It is most common in children but anyone of any age can get it. It starts with an itchy rash and the spots fill with fluid which turn into blisters, and it is highly contagious from 1 to 2 days before the spots appear until the spots have crusted over or scabbed (usually 5-6 days after the spots appear).
Groups of people that are most at risk of serious problems if they catch chicken pox are newborn babies, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system. Therefore, it is important, if your child has chicken pox, to keep them at home while they are contagious. If we suspect a child has chicken pox at school, parents will be contacted and asked to collect them.
All children should remain at home until all chicken pox spots have crusted over and no new spots have appeared, to avoid further spread of the illness. To seek further advice, please contact your GP.
For further information please click the following link for NHS guidance.
We appreciate your support in this matter.
Ms Jane Thomas / Ms Diane Thompson