School Calendars

All pupils should wear uniforms on Wednesday as Nora will be taking class photos for the Annual Class Calendars (on sale after early January). We want to especially remind  the following classes.

  • Ms. Curley
  • Ms Gallagher
  • Ms. Power
  • Ms. O’ Brien
  • Mr. O’ Reilly
  • Ms.  Brennan

as they would normally be wearing a tracksuit on Wednesdays .

 

 

Every Day Counts

 

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We have updated our attendance category to feature some information and tips on school attendance .

  • Common Childhood Illnesses
  • When is a child too sick for school?
  • What can Parents do ?
  • Attendance Information and Policy
  • Latest Figures
  • Awards

Please  have a look by selecting attendance in the Parents Menu or by clicking HERE

Common Childhood Illnesses

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Illness Symptoms What to do 
Fever 100.4°F or38°C 

Stay home, must be fever free for 24 hours before returning 

Headache

If the child can’t do normal activities 

Stay home 

Vomiting More than twice in 24 hours or if diarrhoea also 

Stay home until 24 hours after last vomit 

Diarrhoea More than 3 stools in 24 hours 

Home until 24 hours after last bout 

Sore Throat  If not eating or fever 

Return as soon as well or 24 hours after starting antibiotic if prescribed 

Cold Symptoms  Stuffed or runny nose, sneezing, mild cough 

No need to stay home 

Cough  If the cough disrupts normal activity 

Return to school after the doctor has cleared child of serious illness e.g. shopping cough 

Asthma

If the child can’t do normal activities. If coughing a lot. 

Needs to see the doctor or asthma nurse to review treatment. 

Conjunctivitis With yellow or green pus (Red Eyes) 

May return 24 hours after treatment started 

Chicken Pox 

Some children have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or a vague sick feeling a day or two before the rash appears 

Return when the blisters are all dry and crusted over 

Hand, foot and mouth disease  Not infectious once rash appears 

No need to stay home unless drooling 

Impetigo

Patch of red, itchy skin. Blisters develop on this area, soon

forming crusty, yellow-brown sores 

May return 24 hours after starting antibiotic medicine, 48 hours after starting antibiotic cream. Sores must be covered with dressing. 

Ringworm 

Ring Shaped or oval patch of scaly red skin 

Return once started on treatment. Keep area covered. 

Head Lice 

Spread directly from head to head so short and tidy hair may help 

They are a nuisance, not a reason to stay home. 

Doctor or dentist

visit 

Back to school afterward unless

the dentist or doctor says stay at home. 

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Too Sick for School ?

When is a child too sick for school?

There are three key reasons to keep a child home from school

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees F or 38° C

  • The child may have a contagious illness or rash.

  • The child is not well enough to participate in class.

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Some Tips from An Túsla

• The average child has 6 to 12 illnesses per year, so sickness is a part of normal childhood. It can be difficult to balance the child’s school attendance with the risk of spreading the illness to others in school.

Fever is a symptom which usually indicates that the body is fighting an infection. A child with fever over 100.4 degrees F (38°C) needs to stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours.

Rashes that are itchy or scaly may be contagious and need to be checked by the nurse or doctor. If a child with a rash is ill looking, is having trouble swallowing or breathing, they need to be seen by the doctor.

A cough need not keep a child from school unless it is interfering with sleep or ability to take part in activities. Coughs and runny noses can persist for up to two weeks after a cold.

• Children can attend school with a mild sore throat unless they have other symptoms as well, such as fever, vomiting or abdominal pain.

• Children with a vomiting illness (repeated vomiting) need to stay home until the vomiting stops and they are eating normally.

• Children with diarrhoea also need to stay home until stools have been normal for at least 24 hours. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the most important and effective way of preventing the spread of contagious diseases.

Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the most important and effective way of preventing the spread of contagious diseases.

Wrap up Warm

Children at school spend at least 45 minutes  of every day outdoors in the yard so it’s really important that they bring a  coat to school . On really cold days, hats and gloves are also a good idea.  Today in the yard it was very very cold yet a large number of children were out  with no coats saying they forgot them !

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