Public Health Guidance

Public Health Issues relating to schools

This page provides information and resources to schools in relation to public health matters.

Below are the latest “outbreak packs” on scarlet fever, gastroenteritis (“GI”) and acute respiratory infections (“ARI”), produced by the UKHSA for education and young people settings.

These illnesses occur more commonly during winter. The documents were developed to help settings manage outbreaks that might occur, standardise the response, and minimise the delay in getting such advice to you.

In terms of content, the “outbreak packs” give an at-a-glance outline of useful information such as:

  • principles in preventing transmissions
  • actions to be undertaken by your staff
  • when to contact the UKHSA Health Protection Teams
  • resources for communication with parents and children

For resources and guidance on other health protection issues in children and young people settings, please see these links on




Respiratory Outbreak


Scarlet Fever Outbreaks