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Health and Hygiene 

There are lots of respiratory infections that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating at this time of year.   Flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently circulating at high levels in the UK population and scarlet fever, which is caused by group A streptococcus, also continues to be reported.

  

At St Joseph’s we are following government guidance to prevent the spread of infections and to keep our school happy and healthy.

  

Actions include:

     -  Keeping classrooms and communal areas ventilated (but not cold) and airing rooms well when not in use.

    -  Taking regular outdoor breaks

    -  Teaching children the importance of good hand hygiene, practicing regular handwashing with soap and warm water, especially before eating.

    -  Providing hand sanitiser gels.

    -  Ensuring that children have good cough and cold hygiene. Tissues and designated bins are provided throughout the school.

 

 If you child is unwell and has a fever (usually defined as a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius) , they should stay home until they feel better, and the fever has resolved.  If a child has vomited and/or had diarrhoea, we ask that they remain off school for a full 48 hours.

 

NHS guidance poster "Should I keep my child off school?' 

NHS Information about flu symptoms and treating them at home

NHS Information about COVID-19 in children

NHS Information about scarlet fever symptoms and managing the illness

NHS Information about fevers in children and how to manage them

 

Our policy for Supporting pupils with medical conditions

 

RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

There are lots of respiratory infections that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating at this time of year.   Flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently circulating at high levels in the UK population and scarlet fever, which is caused by group A streptococcus, also continues to be reported.

  

At St Joseph’s we are following government guidance to prevent the spread of infections and to keep our school happy and healthy.

  

Actions include:

     -  Keeping classrooms and communal areas ventilated (but not cold) and airing rooms well when not in use.

    -  Taking regular outdoor breaks

    -  Teaching children the importance of good hand hygiene, practicing regular handwashing with soap and warm water, especially before eating.

    -  Providing hand sanitiser gels.

    -  Ensuring that children have good cough and cold hygiene. Tissues and designated bins are provided throughout the school.

 

Remember that flu vaccination is still available for all eligible groups and is the best protection against the virus. Flu can be very unpleasant and in some cases can lead to more serious illness. Getting your child vaccinated protects them and others they come into contact with, and it’s still not too late.

 

Eligible children include:

    -  those aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2022

    -  all primary school-aged children

    -  some secondary school-aged children

You can get more information getting your child vaccinated against flu on NHS.UK.

 

Please click links below to read government guidance for families on Scarlet Fever and Group A Strep

Information letter parents - English

Information letter parents - Arabic

Information letter parents - Bengali

Information letter parents - Gujarati

Information letter parents - Italian

Information letter parents - Portuguese

Information letter parents - Punjabi

Information letter parents - Romanian

Information letter parents - Somali

Information letter parents - Spanish

Information letter parents - Ukrainian

Information letter parents - Urdu

Information letter parents - Polish

ACCIDENTS

Accidents at School

The majority of our staff who are first aid  trained for minor injury.  We keep a record of injuries and accidents as per our policy.  We will always contact the family if there is a serious injury or if we have any concerns or questions.

 

Accidents at Home

If a child has had an accident at home, please let the class teacher know (either through phoning the office or through an email to the office.  Please do not use SeeSaw for this purpose.   

 

If your child needs special assistance (such as staying in at breaktimes or drinking a lot of water), please contact the office and we will write a Risk Assessment which will set out exactly what support is needed for the child.  This will then be shared with relevant staff.

 

School Office - 01865 763357

School Email - office.3838@st-josephs-pri.oxon.sch.uk

HEAD LICE

 

Headlice are common in young children and their families. They do not have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.

 

Head lice are tiny insects that only live on humans. The eggs are grey or brown and about the size of a pinhead which stick to the hair, close to the scalp. The eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days. Empty eggshells (nits) are white and shiny and are found further along the hair shaft as they grow out.

Head lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact and therefore tend to be more common in children because of the way they play. They cannot jump, fly or swim. Itching and scratching occurs 2 to 3 weeks after coming into close contact with someone who has headlice.

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NHS guidance