Reevy Hill Primary School

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UPDATES

Sunday 3rd Feb 2018

Following the weekend of cleaning and ozone treatment, the school and staff are ready for the week ahead.

To ensure that we don't have this again, we ask that parents continue to stick to the 48hour rule for children that have been suffering with sickness.

Please be on time in the morning and lets get back to that good attendance that we had before last week.

5 In A Row Challenge is still on (raffle tickets for every child that attends the full week)

We will also confirm the end of term Attendance Treat soon.

Once again, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by Friday and thank you for your understanding and support.

See you tomorrow

Mick

Sickness bug-31st Jan 2019

Please note that tomorrow (Friday 1st Feb 2019) the school will be closed to all pupils and staff to allow for a professional deep clean to ensure that we eradicate the sickness bug that has affected a large number of children and staff.

Whilst we apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, please understand that this decision has not been made lightly and it is with the best interests of your children at the heart of it.

We have timed the planned closure day for Friday for a number of reasons:

  • It provides more warning time for parents to arrange childcare
  • It minimises school closure with the weekend allowing 2 full days cleaning and a day for the environment to settle following the procedures
  • It ensures that all staff and children that may be affected are off site for 72 hours and able to recover fully

If your child is ill during the weekend, please make sure that you still allow the 48 hours since their last bout of sickness to ensure that we fully contain the bug with this week's action.

The school and all the staff are saddened by this situation and we do appreciate it is frustrating for you.  Please understand that we are doing all that we can and thank you for the messages of support that we have received whilst we tackle the issue.

Thank you

Mick McKenna

Sickness bug- 29th Jan 2019

As you maybe aware, we currently have a number of children off school with a sickness bug. Whilst it doesn't meet a threshold for partial closure, we are taking it seriously and we are doing everything we can to prevent this from spreading- we had hoped that the deep cleaning that took place on Wed, Thurs and Fri last week would have stopped it.

Unfortunately, today there has been a further increase so I want to share what we are doing and what advice we can give to prevent it or how to care for anyone who may be affected.

School actions:

School is already cleaned daily and we have taken additional measures during the 2nd half of last week as we became aware of an increase in cases.

From tomorrow, the school timetable has now been altered to allow more time for children to wash their hands at key points in the day.

A full anti-bac clean of the school environment will also take place tomorrow- working systematically through the school to clean all spaces and equipment.

Child-safe hand sanitiser and anti-septic wipes will be used in classrooms as children arrive and leave.

How you can help:

If your child has a sore tummy or is genuinely feeling unwell, it may be the start of the sickness bug.  You know you child best but if you feel that they may be staring with this, please keep them at home and call school to let us know.  If they have been sick, please keep them off for a full 48 hours from the last time that they were.  This allows you to keep them hydrated and recover fully before returning to school.  It also prevents them from becoming unwell again whilst recovering.

Although this is not confirmed as norovirus, please follow guidance from NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/ 

I know that we have worked hard on improving attendance this year and thank you for all you are doing to try and keep attendance high throughout out this last week whilst making sure your child is well enough to return to school.  We will continue to do all we can and to seek guidance to resolve this quickly.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mick McKenna

How to treat diarrhoea and vomiting yourself

You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.

The most important thing is to have plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Do

  • stay at home and get plenty of rest
  • drink lots of fluids, such as water and squash – take small sips if you feel sick
  • carry on giving breast or bottle feeds to your baby – if they're being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual
  • for babies on formula or solid foods, give small sips of water between feeds
  • eat when you feel able to – you don't need to have or avoid any specific foods
  • take paracetamol if you're in discomfort – check the leaflet before giving them to your child

Don't

  • do not have fruit juice or fizzy drinks – they can make diarrhoea worse
  • do not make baby formula weaker – use it at its usual strength
  • do not give young children medicine to stop diarrhoea
  • do not give aspirin to children under 16