Latest update on the schools approach to managing swine flu.
The latest expert advice is that individual school closures to stop the spread of disease are of limited benefit, as swine flu is circulating freely in the community. National guidance has been updated that school closures are only likely in exceptional circumstances or if staffing levels are not possible due to illness.
Sources of advice and support
If you think your child has swine flu you can contact the national Pandemic Flu Service on 0800 15 13 100 or at www.pandemicflu.direct.gov.uk.
Reducing spread of infection
It’s important to point out that most people who have swine flu make a quick recovery at home. However, we should do what we can to prevent the infection from being spread to others and in school we are promoting the following simple precautions:-
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
- Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face or to other people.
- Cleaning hard surfaces (such as door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
- Ensuring children are aware of the above and follow the advice.
The most important advice is that children who have symptoms of flu-like illness should stay away from school, they can return when they are symptom free.