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Schools Get Swine Flu Advice for the New Term

posted 18 Aug 2009, 10:37 by myEdinburgh Admin
Swine flu is to be treated like other illnesses at school and there are no plans to close schools to limit the spread of the infection. Guidance sent out to head teachers for the start of the new term makes it clear that it's business as usual for the new school year.

Pupils should stay at home if they feel unwell but the only situation where a school should close would be if too many staff members are off sick - an unlikely outcome at this stage.

The advice, based on Government and NHS guidance, also asks teachers to encourage pupils to continue to take simple precautions to prevent infection such as hand washing, covering the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing of tissues after one use.

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said: "It is still important that we do everything possible to stop the spread of swine flu but everyday school life will continue as normal. Staff will be looking out for symptoms and encouraging pupils to take simple precautions. Everyone should catch a cough or a sneeze in a tissue and then put it in the bin - catch it, bin it, kill it."

Posters and leaflets about swine flu will continue to be issued to schools.