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Saint Joseph's Primary School, Ballycruttle

Scarlet Fever information for Parents from PHA/EA

7th Dec 2022

Please see the following information received from the Education Autority in relation to Scarlet fever in our schools: Also see the updated Advice sheet from PHA received today 8/12/22

We are very aware that the increased number of notifications of Group Strep A infections amongst children across Northern Ireland is a significant issue of concern amongst parents, school leaders and wider school communities.

We are working closely with the Public Health Agency (PHA), who are leading on the response, and have attached a press release (see below) providing advice for parents which was issued today.

The PHA will be providing more detailed information for schools on Wednesday 7 December in relation to responding to incidents, including key steps to take and key contact points. We will send this guidance to all schools when we receive it.

Your School Improvement Professionals (SIP) will also continue to work alongside you to provide any support that they can at this very challenging time.

The Critical Incident Team is also there to provide support and can be contacted as appropriate on 028 3751 2515. For more information to go to:

We would very much appreciate your support in strongly urging all parents and carers to be alert to the signs of Group A strep and to follow the PHA guidance.


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