We have been informed that a small number of pupils who attend St Mary’s have been diagnosed with suspected/confirmed scarlet fever.
Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce 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. It then rapidly spreads to other parts of the body.
If you think you or your child have 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 for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment. Children can then return to school, and any antibiotics needed, can be administered by a member of staff once a medical form has been completed.
You can find more information about scarlet fever by visiting the NHS Choices website: