School Sores


School Sores



Impetigo more commonly called School Sores is a skin infection caused by bacteria.  It is common in children and can be passed on through close contact with the bacteria. 

Children who have the condition can pass it on through skin to skin contact but also via the touch of toys, pens, pencils and so forth. 

Children will cuts on their skin, runny noses or skin conditions such as eczema are at a higher risk of catching School Sores.

What does it look like?


School Sores start with a blister or a group of blisters generally around the mouth or nose area, but it can also appear on other parts of the body such as arms or legs.  

When the blister(s) pop, a red patch is left and starts to weep yellow fluid and forms a honey looking crust.

It is ususally itchy.  

Incubation period 4 to 10 days.

What should be done if you notice

School Sores in your classroom?


Seperate student from others (e.g office or sick bay).  Ring parents, ask them to pick them up as a precaution and take them to doctors to get confirmation (and treatment).

Any sores on exposed skin should be covered with a waterproof dressing if the parent/s cannot collect the child immediately 

Reinforce the school’s policy re hand washing procedures for all staff and students.

Children can return to school once they have had 24 hours of treatment.

Once diagnosis has been made:- send a notice home to all students in the class.

What should be included in notice?


Notification to parents.


Infectious Diseases

We have had a recent case of school sores (impetigo) in the school.  Impetigo is an infectious disease.  We have provided the following details from the Department of Education to assist parents recognise and treat the infection.

School Sores (Impetigo)


A very contagious skin infection.  Starts with a red patch and develops into crusty yellow sores.


See your doctor for treatment.

The child should stay at home until s/he has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours.

Notify School

You should advise the school if your child has caught it as it can spread throughout the class and the rest of the school very quickly.

Keep child at home

Your child must stay home for 24 hours after treatment has commenced.  Sores on exposed areas must be covered with a dressing.

signed the Principal

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Author Biography

Jodie Watson
I am studying Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood. This is my third year. 

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