Controversial school sickness leaflet to be withdrawn after education officials use logo without permission

Wales Online is reporting that a health leaflet which provoked fury among parents after advising children with tonsillitis, conjunctivitis and even glandular fever to take no time off school has been withdrawn…

The controversial booklet, which was handed out in schools across five local authorities in South Wales, set guidelines for parents to follow should their child fall ill.

It urged pupils to take “zero days” off school should they contract a range of conditions including hand foot and mouth, conjunctivitis, glandular fever, head lice, threadworm, tonsillitis and slapped cheek.

But the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said information in the booklet, which was published by the Central South Wales Consortium Joint Education Service (CSCJES), was taken out of context.

The consortium said, in an email, that the leaflet would be withdrawn as the RCPCH had not given permission for its logo to be used…

The consortium said it would not recall printed copies of the leaflet given to parents, but would remove it from its website. There were no plans to produce a replacement leaflet.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Councillor Pauline Jarman, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Rhondda Cynon Taf council, first questioned the guide with Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s cabinet member for education, Eudine Hanagan, in October.

She said: “The Royal College said the table in the leaflet was taken from a Public Health England document, which gives guidance on how long a child is likely to be infectious, not how long before a child is well enough to return to school.

“I’m pleased that this leaflet has been withdrawn from the website because it was seriously flawed.”

Dr Mair Parry, a paediatrician in Bangor and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Officer for Wales, said the advice should have been spelled out far more clearly in the leaflet…

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This whole episode has had the whiff of amateur hour from the start and surely the leaflet should have been withdrawn as soon as the RCPCH made clear the information was misleading? Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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  1. jess_madge

    SchoolsImprove Someone obviously didn’t understand difference between being infectious and feeling well enough to benefit from school.

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