Cedar International School Ringworm Protocol What is Ringworm? Ringworm, (or Tinea corporis,) is a fungal skin infection. A parasite or worm does not cause this relatively common skin infection. A red scaly lesion develops with rings of vesicle with the characteristic central clearing. It causes intense itching. It commonly occurs on the scalp as well as other body areas. School screening; Although screening is not routinely undertaken, any student seen to have a suspected case of ringworm will have their parents contacted via telephone. If the area can be covered with a dressing or plaster, the student will be allowed to continue attendance, until a medical consultation can be sought at the earliest opportunity. If the area cannot be covered, or the infection is widespread parents will be called for collection. In isolated cases of ringworm, the class parents will be notified and advised of symptoms and treatment. In school wide cases, notification to the school community will be given. In event ringworm being identified; Students are required to remain out of school until treatment with an anti-fungal agent has been administered for 24 hours, unless the area can be completely covered with a dressing and remain intact. Should the infection be causing discomfort or irritation to the student, the student should remain out of school until irritation ceases.