It has come to our attention that there are a number of students with impetigo / school sores.

Impetigo is a common skin infection that causes blisters, often on the face around the nose or mouth, but they can be anywhere on the body where the skin has been damaged in some way, eg. cuts or scrapes.

Impetigo sores are crusty-looking and they are very contagious. That means they can be spread easily to other parts of your own body or to other people by touching.

If your child has impetigo / school sores, please keep them home from school until at least one full day after the start of treatment. Make sure the dressings completely cover their sores.

Information from the Ministry of Health about impetigo can be found here.