Coronavirus Safety Notice
The 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.
· According to research, symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common, but not always present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, have also been reported.
· 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 coronavirus (MERS).
How to protect yourself from infection
· The 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 year.
· 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 the following
· 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 earlier.
· 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 safety practice.
What we are doing to support our school network
· Teachers are 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 home.
· We appreciate 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.