As you are well aware, there is a continuing flu endemic in Ireland which is particularly prevalent in schools. We have initiated a few actions to ensure that germs are kept at bay:
- Hand sanitizers in use in all communal areas.
- Furniture surfaces sanitized after school by cleaning team.
- Notice on school website to alert general public to avoid unnecessary visits to the school and to keep children at home if they are unwell.
- Reminders to children to wash and dry their hands thoroughly.
Seasonal flu can give you any of these symptoms (as advised by the HSE):
- sudden fever
- dry, chesty cough,
- aching muscles,
- limb or joint pain,
- diarrhoea or stomach upset,
- sore throat,
- runny or blocked nose,
- loss of appetite
You can find further information on: http://undertheweather.ie/ailment/flu
There have also been some isolated cases of ‘slapped cheek disease’ in the school which is a viral condition. While it is not a very serious condition, it can be highly contagious. Those infected will present with flu-like symptoms and often a red rash on their cheeks (though by the time the rash develops- it is usually no longer infectious.) Nonetheless, if your child presents with flu-like symptoms or a rash, please have them checked out by their doctor and keep them at home until they are fully recovered.
Claire Mannix (Health & Safety Staff Representative.)