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posted in Information for Parents by Katy Martin on 11:52 May 16th, 2016

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Germs can be transmitted many ways, including:

  • touching dirty hands
  • touching toilet seats
  • through contaminated water and food
  • through droplets released during a cough or a sneeze
  • via contaminated surfaces
  • through contact with a sick person's body fluids

When children come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before this can be passed on to other people.

Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold, influenza, food poisoning and types of infectious sickness and diarrhoea.

The hands normally carry lots of germs and to minimize the germs being passed around we need to encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands:

  • after visiting the toilet
  • before handling food
  • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • when the hands are visibly dirty
  • after being outside

We will be working with the children to encourage that they wash their hands frequently during the school day and ask that you support this by doing the same at home.

May we remind you that it is our school policy that children should remain away from school for 48 hours following the last episode of either sickness or diarrhoea so as to prevent any spread of infection or germs. If any children return to school sooner than this, we will telephone parents requesting that they are picked up from school.

Katy Martin
Office Manager

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