Newsletter January 9th 2023

08-January-23

Newsletter January 9th 2023

  • Best wishes to all connected with the school for the year ahead.
  • School will be closed on Monday next January 16th to facilitate in-service training for all staff in crisis prevention.
  • Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday February 8 and 9.Over the coming weeks families will be allocated times to attend those meetings.
  • A big thank you to Mick and Jacinta Murtagh for organising a fundraiser in aid of Solas on St. Stephen’s Day and also to James Kelly and West Wicklow Fitness who had a charity work out in aid of Solas also. A total of €1000 euro was raised.
  • Many thanks to all the children who turned up to sing in the choir on Christmas morning. The choir will be busy over the coming weeks preparing for the Peace Proms.
  • Music Generation lessons will resume this week for piano, flute and guitar.
  • A total of €398 was raised from reindeer food sales in aid of Solas.
  • Many thanks to everyone for your generous response to our no uniform day before Christmas in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. A total of €437 was raised.
  • Applications are now being accepted for our Junior Infants class for this coming September. Applications can be made online via the school website snndunlavin.com. Enrolment forms are available from the school office. Closing date for applications is Tuesday January 31.
  • Student teacher Jorga Malone is currently on teaching practice in first class.
  • The mid -term break in February takes place on Thursday February 16 and Friday 17. Easter closing takes place on Friday March 31.
  • We would ask parents not to send children to school if they are unwell or showing symptoms of being unwell. Please see document attached below from the HSE in relation to this.

TO: All Principals, for sharing with parents, guardians and staff
FROM: Dr Eamonn O’Moore, Director National Health Protection;
Dr Abigail Collins, National Clinical Lead Child Health Public Health
RE: Significant levels of Flu, Covid-19 and RSV currently circulating
DATE: 6th January 2023

Significant increase in viral infections
We have seen a very significant increase in the usual winter viral infections. This includes an increase
in flu, RSV and now Covid-19. This is because we are all mixing together more.
We would like to thank you for supporting the dissemination of these important messages and thank
the whole school community for their efforts in following public health advice. As schools and other
activities re-open it is timely to remind the school community of the key measures outlined below.
Important messages for families and children regarding any infections:
1) The most important measure is to stay home if you are unwell.
Many children might have a runny nose or a slight cough in winter season. However, if a child is
feeling unwell they should be at home. For example, they may have:
 fever
 cough, and
 sore throat
They should stay at home until those symptoms have finished. Children unwell with symptoms of
one infection are more likely to get ‘co-infected’ with another infection which might make them
more unwell, if they are exposed.
See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/colds-coughs-children/
Staying home when unwell will help prevent spread to other children, families and staff.
2) Infection, prevention and control measures
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Keep hands clean
Many of the measures that we all got used to with Covid-19 are still important. Hygiene measures
such as these should be encouraged for everyone. These measures help stop the spread of infection.
3) Vaccination
Making sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccinations will help:
- stop your child getting an infection and

- make them less likely to be unwell if they do get an infection
Routine childhood vaccinations protect against many significant viral and bacterial infections.
More information is available at https://www2.hse.ie/babies-children/vaccines-your-child/
Flu vaccine
Children and young people with underlying conditions, are at increased risk of severe complications
from flu and are recommended the flu vaccine.
It is important that all adults and children recommended the flu vaccine receive the vaccine. Check if
you are recommended the flu vaccine at hse.ie/flu
It is not too late to get your free flu vaccine.
More information is available at
www2.hse.ie/conditions/flu/getting-the-vaccine/
Vaccination for Covid-19 is still available. Visit
www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/children/
The most important ways to prevent the spread of all infections are making sure:
 anyone unwell stays at home
 children and adults are up to date with their recommended vaccines, including flu
4. If you are concerned about your child

If you are concerned your child may be unwell, please check https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/colds-
coughs-children/ There is information on coughs, colds, fever, rashes and symptoms of concern.

Advice on when to contact your GP or go to a hospital emergency department is available at

https://www2.hse.ie/babies-children/parenting-advice/caring-for-a-child/baby-child-seriously-
unwell/

Typical symptoms of viral infections
Symptoms of viral infections typically include:
 runny or blocked nose
 mild fever
 cough
 lethargy (tiredness)
Many children with viral infections also have a generalised rash.
Most children with viral infections can safely be cared for at home.

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