18-April-2018

When Should I keep My Kids Home From School?

 

Wouldn’t it be lovely if our kids never had to miss a day of school? Staying home means missing some of the fabulous education that they receive at Carey…and it can also be inconvenient for the parents. However, there are times when it is important that they are kept home. Sometimes kids simply need to rest in order to fully recover. This may be when they have a non-contagious illness such as an ear infection or after they have finished a course of antibiotics. Most of the time though, kids need to be at home to prevent them from spreading those nasty bugs! With a student population of over 600 in our Primary School, plus a large number of staff, illness can rapidly spread through our school.

We are now coming into that time of year when colds and flu seem inevitable. However, there are simple ways in which we can protect our families. If your child has a sore throat, fever, thick nasal mucus or a frequent cough then they shouldn’t be at school or daycare. The first days of a cold are when a sufferer is most contagious but they continue to be contagious until all symptoms are gone. It is important that everyone knows to cover their mouth with their arm when they cough and it is also essential that your children are taught to wash their hands properly after blowing their nose (or using the toilet). This means using soap and washing for at least 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

If children are kept at home when they are unwell then we will significantly reduce the time that everyone is affected by illness.

If you would like more information you can visit http://healthywa.wa.gov.au or ask your doctor.

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