Coronavirus Safety Notice
health of our pupils and staff is of paramount importance. Our aim is to give our staff, parents and
pupils as much information as possible about the disease so that they are
better equipped to deal with it.
Please find below
important information on
the coronavirus, as well as precautionary measures.
· The symptoms of
this virus range from infected people with little to no symptoms to severe
illness and death.
research, symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Pneumonia is common,
but not always
present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, have also been
The symptoms can
appear in as
few as two days
or as long
as fourteen days
after exposure. This is
based on what
has been seen
previously as the
incubation period of Middle East respiratory syndrome
How to protect yourself from infection
most likely way
of getting an
infection is by
inhalation, by touch
and by eating something that is infected.
It may sound
simple but if
done thoroughly, washing
your hands will
offer the best protection
from any type of infection, including flu, which remains a risk at this time of
According to research,
you need to
lather your hands,
which should have
been wet with clean warm or cold water, with soap. All
areas should be thoroughly scrubbed,
including the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
This should be done for at least 20 seconds.
Once you wash your hands, make sure they are dry. If you can’t wash your hands, make sure you have a hand sanitizer.
Other precautionary measures include
If your child is
suspected or has a confirmed diagnosis of an infectious illness (i.e.
influenza, measles, mumps, chicken pox, meningitis, scarlet fever, etc.) please
contact the School Nurse directly as soon as possible and provide a medical
report. The School Nurse is then able to alert the school community, if
appropriate, and instigate measures as mandated by the Department of Health.
· Pupils are to remain at home for 48 hours from
last episode of diarrhea or vomiting. A doctor’s note stating it is safe for
your child to return to school must be provided if your child is to return any
· When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and
nose with flexed elbow or tissue, throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
· Avoid close contact with anyone who has a
fever or a cough.
· If you have a fever, cough and difficulty
breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your
health care provider.
· When visiting live markets in areas currently
experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with
live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
· The consumption of raw or undercooked animal
products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled
with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food
What we are doing to support
our school network
further educating our pupils with personal hygiene and hand washing techniques
and reinforcing the importance of washing their hands.
· We have made available masks to the clinic
staff to administer to pupils as a temporary measure if required during
diagnosis whilst awaiting collection by a parent.
· Information packs like this one to offer a
reminder of when to keep pupils home through various types of illness, along
with the supporting hygiene information to help reinforce this good practice at
this can be a worrying time for parents and pupils, and it is important to
approach these situations with a measured, appropriate response, assessing risk
on an ongoing basis. We want to assure you that our school is doing everything
they can to ensure the robust hygiene management systems we have in place are
being maintained to the highest possible standards to ensure our learning
communities are safe at all times.