Pandemic Flu Guidance - The current Flu situation around the world is changing daily and causing some concern. However sensible and proportionate action is required by all. The DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) have issued some guidance or it can be down loaded from www.dh.gov.uk/pandemicflu. I have included the main points below.
Pandemic Flu Guidance - The current Flu situation around the world is changing daily and causing some concern. However sensible and proportionate action is required by all. The DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) have issued some guidance see below or can be down loaded from www.dh.gov.uk/pandemicflu. I have included the main points for reference.
What is pandemic flu?
Pandemic flu is a type of influenza that occurs every few decades and which spreads
rapidly to affect most countries and regions around the world. The symptoms of pandemic
flu are similar to those of ‘ordinary’ flu but are usually more severe.
What you should do now:
Help us by ensuring we have up to date and reliable contact information. Teach and encourage your children to:
■ wash their hands using soap and water
■ cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing – using a tissue is good
■ throw dirty tissues away quickly into bins
These simple actions are the sort of thing that every child should do, even in ordinary
times, but they will also help to slow the spread of a flu virus.
When a pandemic happens, we will ensure that information is passed on efficiently and in a timely manner.
What may happen if a pandemic arrives in the UK?
During a pandemic, most services will try to maintain normal services. However, it is possible
that some schools or services such as childcare may be advised to close to stop the virus
spreading between children; or some may need to close because of staff being off work ill.
If this happens, you will get information from school, nursery or childcare provider if they
are closing, and they would also contact you to advise you of their re-opening. We shall use email/website/telephone methods of communication. If your child is at school, and the school remains open, your normal duty to send your child to school still applies. If your child shows any signs of flu-like illness, keep them at home and inform the school.
During the pandemic the school may need to contact you at short notice, for example if
your child falls sick during the day. This is why it is so important that your contact details,
for you and any one else who looks after your child, are kept up to date.
Other services may be affected, such as the school meals service. The school will advise
you of any alternative arrangements it has to make in these circumstances