The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has recently received increased reports of institutional upper respiratory tract infection outbreaks (which includes the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx). Across our campuses, we have noted an increasing number of children that are suffering from seasonal colds, coughs and influenza.
The guidelines below explain when you must keep your child home and when you should consider keeping your child home. These guidelines are designed to ensure effective prevention of communicable diseases, which will safeguard children and staff and minimize the spread of communicable diseases. Not all children develop the typical signs of symptoms when infected. Some may have less obvious features. In addition, young children may not know how to express their discomfort. All these factors may delay the detection of infection and increase the risk of spread of disease.
Please do not administer Nurofen or Panadol and then send your child to school. Please ensure that your child wears a mask to school and brings extra masks for the school day.
Please note that the School has the discretion to send children that are showing signs and symptoms of being unwell home. If contacted by the School, please make arrangements to collect your child from the School.
When you must keep your child(ren) home:
- Children must be kept home if they develop a temperature of 37.5°C or above. Children must remain at home, fever free, for 48 hours after the fever subsides.
- If your child develops two or more symptoms from the table below, your child must stay home for 48 hours after symptoms disappear.
When you should consider keeping your child(ren) home:
Parents should pay close attention to the development of the following subtle signs and symptoms, and consider keeping their child(ren) home if the child(ren) presents:
- Change in body temperature: most children develop fever when infected but there are exceptions. Some children may have lower body temperature under normal conditions. Their body temperature will not increase too much even when infected. If the temperature is higher or lower than his/her usual body temperature, he/she may have an underlying infection.
- Constant, consistent or unusual crying, nagging or restlessness for no reason
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Frequent scratching
- Maintaining Good Personal Hygiene
Please help remind your child to maintain good personal hygiene by:
- Performing hand hygiene properly, especially before touching your eyes, nose or mouth; before eating; after using the toilet; and after touching public installations or equipment such as handrails or door knobs; or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretion after coughing or sneezing;
- Washing hands with liquid soap and water properly whenever possibly contaminated;
- When hands are not visibly soiled, cleaning hands by rubbing them with 70- 80% alcohol-based handrub as an effective alternative;
- Covering mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Disposing of soiled tissue paper properly into a lidded rubbish bin and washing hands with liquid soap and water afterwards
- We thank you very much for your support in helping to ensure that our children and staff remain healthy at school.