A number of students have presented to the Health Centre with vomiting and diarrhoea over the past three weeks.
This is an opportune time to remind parents and students of the Queensland Health Guidelines about vomiting, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. These state:
‘Adults should not return to work until diarrhoea has ceased for 24 hours and up to 48 hours for some conditions. Children should not return to childcare or school until diarrhoea has ceased for 24 hours or up to 48 hours for some conditions.’
Students with upper respiratory tract infections experiencing rhinorrhoea (excess drainage from the nose ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucous), sneezing and coughing symptoms should remain at home until signs and symptoms have ceased and the student feels well.
If you have any queries about these guidelines or questions about your daughter’s health, please contact the Health Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org or 3332 1337. For further information on exclusion periods for infectious conditions, please refer to the Queensland Health website.