Viral Illnesses – Flu / Norovirus

November 27, 2019

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Viral Illnesses – Flu / Norovirus

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

November 27, 2019, 4:02 pm

Viral Illnesses – Flu / Norovirus

As you may be aware, we have had a number of children absent from school this week, with various symptoms related to flu and the norovirus. To minimise sickness and endeavour to keep the school open for our pupils, we have taken the following measures:

  • Regularly consulted Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber, and implemented their advice
  • Deep-cleaned the school and increased the number of cleaners, to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness are maintained
  • Reinforced the message to pupils about good hygiene and frequent hand-washing, to reduce the risk of spreading infections
  • Reminded pupils that coughs and sneezes spread diseases, and encouraged them to cover their mouths and noses using a disposable tissue, which they then throw away in a suitable bin
  • Pupils who have displayed any symptoms of concern have been checked over by a first aider, and a parent or carer has been contacted to collect the child if necessary

We are monitoring absence each day and are pleased to report an improving picture.

Please be assured we will do all we can to ensure all necessary measures are in place and we will provide regular updates over the next few days.

We would like to ask for your support in promoting good hygiene at home, such as:

  • frequent handwashing, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing or eating food
  • sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and washing hands after disposing of it
  • not visiting vulnerable people for whom the risk of catching the virus is higher (ie people in hospital or residential/nursing homes, people with babies and young children, the elderly) until the illness has passed

If you do have a child at home who has been vomiting or had diarrhoea, please do not send them back to school until at least 48 hours have passed after the last episode.

We’re very grateful for your support in following this guidance, to keep our school open and provide our pupils with the quality of learning we strive to deliver.

Ryecroft Primary Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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