Flu Outbreak

Dear Parents,

Over the last week and again today, we had large numbers of children with flu like symptoms coming to school. Some were too sick to stay in school and had to be collected before the end of class whilst others struggled to remain for the full day.

The National Director of Public Health, Dr. Kevin Kelleher and the three children’s hospitals have all expressed concern about the rapid spread of flu in schools and other places where large numbers of people congregate together.  In a joint statement issued Thursday, the following was said:

“Our advice is any child who gets flu- like symptoms should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and parents should use over the counter remedies like paracetamol to relieve symptoms. If parents are worried about their child’s breathing or fluid intake or if any young child or infant is in one of the high-risk categories, they should contact their G.P.”

The Department of Education has endorsed the HSE’S advice on not sending children who are experiencing flu like symptoms to school.

In order to prevent the further spread of flu in our school we would ask all parents to take note of this advice and keep sick children at home.


Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Denis Courtney


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 


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 


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 


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. 


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


Back to school afterward unless

the dentist or doctor says stay at home.