Welcome to Week 6! Time has flown this term! Presently, our school is a hive of activity as students complete key assessment pieces, and teachers are preparing for reporting to parents.
Unfortunately, the change to colder weather also heralds the beginning of cold and flu season. As a parent, I know it is hard to determine whether you should send your child to school or not. These brief "rules" will help you to make a decision as to whether your child should be at school that day:
FEVER - If your child is reaching a temperature of 38.5 degrees or more, avoid the school gate.
DIARRHOEA – If your child has had more than two bowel motions that are loose or watery or complaining of stomach cramps, school should be avoided for at least 24 hours AFTER the last visit to the toilet.
VOMITING – If your child has vomited more than twice in the last 24 hours, the classroom is a no-go for at least 24 hours AFTER the vomiting has stopped.
RASH – A rash can indicate a viral infection – the common ones being chicken pox or impetigo. Visit your doctor before contemplating heading back to school.
RED EYES – Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and it's best to keep your child away from anyone until the symptoms have gone.
Of course each sick child will present with different symptoms and they might not be as black and white as the checklist might suggest. So if you're unsure, ask yourself these three questions:
Is my child well enough to comfortably take part in the day's activities?
Will my child pass on their illness to other children or staff?
Will my child's teacher be able to care for my child without it impacting on their ability to care for other children?
Because your child's health is of the utmost importance to us, we will always call you immediately if we are concerned that your child may not be well enough to be at school.