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Periods of Exclusion

Children with the following diseases should remain at home and away from others:

Chickenpox (Varicella)

  • Until well enough to participate in all activities regardless of the state of the rash.

Diarrhea

  • Daycare: Until 24 hours after diarrhea stops*
  • Schools: Until diarrhea stops*

*Depending on the cause, the Health Department may require a longer period of exclusion.

Fifth's Disease (Parvovirus)

  • No exclusion. Children well enough to participate in all activities can attend school.

Impetigo

  • Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been taken for at least 1 full day.

Measles (Rubella)

  • For at least 4 days after the rash begins.

Mumps

  • For at least 5 days after the swollen glands first appear.

Pink-eye, bacterial (conjunctivitis)

  • Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been taken for at least 1 full day.

 Ringworm

  • Until treatment has started.

 Rubella (German Measles)

  • Until at least 7 days after the rash first appears.

 Scabies

  • Return after the first treatment

Scarlet Fever

  • Until antibiotic treatment prescribed by a doctor has been taken for 1 full day.

Strep Throat

  • Until antibiotic treatment prescribed by a doctor has been taken for 1 full day.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

  • Until antibiotic treatment has been taken for at least 5 full days. If no treatment is given, exclusion for 3 weeks from when the cough began. 

Source: Canadian Paediatric Society

If you suspect your child has a communicable disease that may spread to others:

  • Keep your child at home and away from others
  • Contact your family doctor for a diagnosis

Your doctor will advise you about care and treatment when a communicable disease is diagnosed.