EYFS Reminder of Cold and Flu Policy

Dear Parents and Guardians, 


As the 2023–24 cold and influenza (flu) season is upon us, I would like to ask for vigilance in regard to cold and flu symptoms. 


Illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets are spread by coughing, sneezing or by touching objects or people with contaminated hands. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces such as tables, desks and doorknobs.


Please help us in reminding your children of the following health habits: 

  1. Cover their mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. If they can, they should use a tissue and then throw it away, washing their hands afterwards. 
  2. Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth. 
  3. Clean their hands often. Remind them to wash with soap and warm water. 
  4. Remind them to not share cups, water bottles or eating utensils.
  5. Children should stay home when they are sick. 


Children should not come to school if they have a fever, or any other symptoms of URTI ( upper respiratory tract infection) or influenza. If they have had a recent fever, they should not return to school until they have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours (without the help of fever-reducing medications). This means that if they are sent home with an elevated temperature from the medical room, they are asked to stay home for at least the next school day. This is to allow time to ensure that their elevated temperature does not return (ensures the 24-hour free-of-fever policy during flu season). They should also stay home (with or without fever) if they have symptoms which are obvious of illness. For example, a bad cough, abnormal malaise or tiredness, congestion or runny nose. If your children are exuding any of these symptoms, we please ask that you keep them home. 


By staying home when they are sick, children are helping themselves recuperate and are helping their peers stay healthy. If you are unsure whether your child is well enough to attend school, please call the school and ask to speak to the medical staff.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

Tamara Quinn

EY/FS Health and First Aid Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 2914 2142