Please find attached a copy of the full version of the Education Local Improvement Plan 2018/19 and a summary version for parents and pupils.
THE FOLLOWING LETTER IS BEING ISSUED TO ALL PARENTS TODAY
Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,
DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING AT DUNBAR PRIMARY
An increasing number of children in Dunbar Primary are currently off ill with vomiting and/or diarrhoea. The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus or winter vomiting disease) which is known to be currently circulating in the community. It is usually a short lived self-limiting illness from which children and adults recover quickly.
Dunbar Primary School and NHS Lothian Health Protection Team, are working together to monitor and manage the situation. The Care Inspectorate have also been informed regarding the Nursery, as laid out in legislation.
We are writing to you with the following advice:
Angus J MacRury
Depute Head Teacher
NHS Lothian Advice for Schools (staff and parents) on Norovirus
(Winter Vomiting Disease)
Symptoms often start with the sudden onset of nausea followed by vomiting and watery diarrhoea.
Some people may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.
The illness is self-limiting and the symptoms will last for 12 to 60 hours. Most people make a full recovery within 1-2 days. However some people (usually the very young or elderly) may become very dehydrated and require hospital treatment.
Those who have been infected should be excluded for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.
There is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its
course. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Norovirus does not respond to treatment with antibiotics.
Usually 24 to 48 hours.
The infective dose is extremely low, a person can become infected as a result of contact with a very small number of virus particles e.g. from touching a contaminated toilet or touching the area surrounding a vomiting incident.
A person remains infectious for 48 hours after symptoms have ceased.
Noroviruses are found in the vomit and faeces of infected people.
People can become infected
Prevention of cases of norovirus
Good hygiene is especially important in preventing yourself and others from becoming infected.
Norovirus is easily spread from one person to another and the virus is able to survive in the environment for many days.
Norovirus is prevented from spreading by excluding those with symptoms, regular hand washing and robust environmental cleaning.
After every visit to the toilet and before handling or eating food pupils and staff should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, and should dry them on single use paper towels.
Young children may need supervision to ensure that adequate hand washing takes place.
An adequate supply of toilet paper, soap and paper towels should be available in school toilets at all times.
Regular cleaning is important.
Vomiting and diarrhoea can cause widespread contamination of the surrounding area (clothing, furniture, flooring, doors and handles). Any surfaces potentially contaminated should be thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water and a diluted bleach solution at the correct dilution-see manufacturers’ guidance on bottle.
Toilet bowls, seats and flush handles along with any other surfaces that may
have been touched by contaminated hands (i.e. door handles, tap handles etc.) should be washed and disinfected daily with and a diluted bleach solution at the correct dilution-see manufacturers guidance on bottle.
Pupils and staff who have been infected should be advised to remain off school for 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.
They should not visit friends or relatives in hospitals, nursing or residential care homes for 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.
Care of affected cases
If possible anyone with symptoms should use a designated toilet not in general use by others.
Disposable gloves and aprons should be worn by staff cleaning up after an episode of illness.
Soiled clothes and bed linen should be washed on a hot wash.with the virus in several ways including by:
Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus
Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus (e.g. toilets, handles and taps and then placing their hand in their mouth).
Having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms (for example, when caring for someone with illness, or sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill).
NHS Lothian Norovirus advice
Please click on the link below to view our December 2018 Newsletter:
The National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) and East Lothian Council are delighted to be able to offer a full term of FREE singing sessions for all children in P3 to P7 local authority schools.
There are six venues to choose from and we have choices on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. There will be a joint concert at The Brunton in April to mark the end of the project.
All details are in the attached NYCoS Leaflet 2019. Your child should also receive a paper copy in their school bag at some point between October and the end of this term.
In addition, all P3 children will receive a taster session during school time.
For more information and with any questions contact Charlotte McMillan (Email: email@example.com Tel: 0131 653 5252).
Booking is online, via this link and must be done BEFORE Tuesday 18th December otherwise a place will not be guaranteed.
YMI Community Arts Worker (Part time : Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
East Lothian Council Arts Service
We are looking for some volunteers to come & do some secret wrapping in school. Friday 30th November & Friday 7th December are the dates we are looking for helpers & anytime you can lend a hand between 8.45am & 12. All resources are provided as will be tea & coffee.