Fungal infection causing an itchy ring shaped rash with red, raised edges and a white and flaky inner circle. If on the scalp, there may be areas of hair loss.
Spread by direct contact with an infected person or animal, or by coming in contact with a contaminated object (combs, towels etc.). Ringworm is contagious when the rash is present.
  • Do not share combs, hairbrushes, towels or personal items.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene.
  • Exclusion from school is required until after the treatment has started. All affected areas should be covered. For athletes, they should not participate in contact sports for 72 hours after treatment is started.
    Screen and treat all household members.

    Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)

    We have been advised of a suspected case(s) of ringworm in our classroom/school. Ringworm is a fungal infection that often causes an itchy ring shaped rash with red raised edges and a white flaky inner circle. When on the scalp, a patch of hair may be absent. While ringworm is a nuisance, it is not a disease and is a common childhood condition. Exclusion from school is required until after the treatment has started. Once back in school, it is important to cover the affected areas and athletes cannot participate in any contact sports until 72 hours after treatment has been started.

    Parent/guardians are encouraged to watch their child for signs of ringworm. If detected, it is important that all household members who have any symptoms also be treated.

    If you suspect your child may have a ringworm infection, please contact a health care provider for treatment or 811 for advice. To find out more, check out this fact sheet on ringworm infections at: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/health-conditions-and-treatments/ringworm