A new health guide advises parents that their child should not be kept out of school if they become ill with tonsillitis or glandular fever.
The health guide has been given out to parents in South Wales, and states that even children who have illnesses that can be passed to others, such as conjunctivitis, foot and mouth disease, and head lice, should not take days off school. The guide also states that children who have had measles should only be absent from school for four days, while they recommend five days for children who have had chicken pox, mumps and whooping cough.
The guide has been issued in an attempt to crackdown on absenteeism in the area, and has been produced by five local councils in Wales. However, the guide has been passed off as unworkable by parents. A Cardiff father, Gareth Whittle, said: “I thought it was a joke. I think as parents we are responsible enough to know when and for how long we should keep our children away from school.”
Despite parents’ reservations, the councils stated the advice came from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Health Protection Agency.
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