Dear Parents/Guardians,

There has been some suspected incidents of gastro within the school over the past few days. All classrooms where children have shown symptoms of gastro have had surfaces disinfected as well as all classrooms cleaned as per our daily general cleaning program.

As stated below, it is important that “all ill children are required to remain at home until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased.”

Below is information and advice about gastro from the Department of Health’s website.
For more information, you can visit: https://www.health.gov.au/

General infection control measures for all outbreaks

For all gastroenteritis outbreaks, the following infection control measures must be implemented as soon as possible to reduce the risk of spreading the illness:

  • Ill children should be isolated if onset of illness occurs while at the centre, and parents should be contacted immediately and requested to take the child home as soon as possible.
  • All ill children are required to remain at home until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased.
  • Inform parents of all children at the centre (including those who do not attend every day) of the outbreak, the symptoms they need to be aware of, and that ill children must be kept at home for 48 hours after symptoms have ceased. This may be relayed to parents via a letter, a telephone call or a poster at the centre.
  • Ensure that parents of children who have been ill at home (for example, children who only attend the centre occasionally or casually) are informed that they should advise the child care centre if their child is or has been ill with symptoms of gastroenteritis at home (and these children must also stay at home until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped).

Symptoms:

The incubation period is thought to be 10–50 hours and symptoms, predominantly of vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain, usually last for only 24–48 hours. As the virus passes from one person to the next, onset of illness in cases tends to occur over several days, rather than all at the same time.

Clyde PS

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