Strep Throat Advice

Strep throat advice sheet

Guidelines for Child Illnesses

Guidance on infection control in schools

Norovirus advice for children and parents

                                             

 

Norovirus advice for children and parents

  • Norovirus is now the most common pathogen (agent causing disease, in this case it is a virus) implicated in gastro-intestinal disease.
  • Symptoms often start with sudden onset and/or diarrhoea. There may be fever, abdominal cramps and malaise. It is HIGHLY INFECTIOUS and spreads in food or water and from person to person.
  • Cross-infection is inevitable in semi-closed environments where large numbers mingle together. Schools are common places to be affected.
  • Although these infections can be extremely unpleasant, they tend to be relatively short lived and the majority of people recover after 2-3 days.
  • There is no specific treatment for the illness. However, the following points should help to alleviate the symptoms.
  • If you become unwell, please do not return to school.
  • Plenty of fluids – Dioralyte or flat coke or lemonade can help to replace fluid and mineral loss. Rehydration is the most important aspect of recovery.
  • Where possible, allocate separate bathroom facilities for the affected person, or clean down well after the infected person.
  • Wipe down door handles, keyboards, remotes – anywhere the potential for cross-infection lurks.
  • Ensure good hygiene practices and frequent hand washing.
  • Please stay away from school until you have been free from all symptoms for at least 48 hours. This is imperative to avoid an epidemic.
  • If you continue to feel unwell and you are concerned telephone your family doctor.

Yours sincerely,

Karen Steen

Head Teacher

IJS&CE

 

World Mental Health Day

It was World Mental Health day on Thursday 11th October, the wonderful people from Team Tranquil visited us in school and provided healthy snacks with a fishy twist.  In last year’s campaign it was discovered that people do not eat enough fish in their diet.  Fish is vital to maintain good mental health.  Team Tranquil have also produced a small recipe book, using donated recipes for cooking fish that can be obtained widely in the Falkland Islands.  Now I’m not much of a cook, however even I was inspired by the recipes!  I’ll certainly being making sure that the cook in our house delights us with plenty of fish dishes.  Team Tranquil have also set up a competition for children to produce fishy pictures and collage, so we’re looking forward to the entries and results from that.

Look at the efforts of Year 1 children, they were thinking about how eating fish helps them.

 

The NHS recommendation is that people should  eat fish twice or more per week to maintain a healthier balanced diet.

Fish are low in fat, high in protein and full of vitamins and minerals.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids can not be produced naturally, therefore consumption of fish is a natural source of these essential fatty acids.  Eating fish has been associated with improved cardiovascular function, brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health, healthy skin and bones and a stronger immune system.

If you are interested to learn more about the benefit of fish in your diet please check for information http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/fish-shellfish.aspx

Thank you Team Tranquil smiley