Hostel Policy: Winter Illness

Its another gorgeous afternoon here in Alexandra, but the past few days has brought cooler mornings and our students are starting to experience the usual range of winter illnesses, including cold and flu.  A reminder that hostel policy is very clear on our expectations of parents when students are unwell.  It is important that everyone follows the policy and procedures for sick students.  This helps ensure that the spread of illness is contained and that students are in the right place for the care they need to rest and recover.  History shows us that it is important to give students enough rest and recovery time to properly recover -especially from winter viral illness and flu. This avoids the need for repeated and prolonged time away from school and even more serious illness.

Procedures for 5 Day students:

If a student is unwell they must contact Bev (or another staff member who will contact Bev) for assessment.  If the student is assessed to be too unwell to attend school Bev will contact parents to come and collect the student.  Students should not return to the hostel until they are well enough to attend school.

Procedures for 7 Day students:

If a student is unwell they must contact Bev (or another staff member who will contact Bev) for assessment.  Many minor illness’ can be successfully managed in the hostel.  However if the rate of illness is high or If the student is assessed as too unwell to remain at the hostel, Bev will contact parents to arrange a suitable time for the students to be collected.

(Please note: The Standard Terms and Conditions of the boarding agreement make it clear that it is the parents responsibility to ensure they are able to collect students if required by hostel management due to illness.  Parents may need to make sure they have suitable arrangements in place with work and other commitments to allow them to carry out their responsibilities in this area if required.)

General Winer Health Guidelines

  • Ensure students have adequate warm and water proof clothing.
  • Ensure students cover coughs and sneezes with their elbow.
  • Ensure students wash hands thoroughly and regularly – especially before eating.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of these procedures for illness any further.

 

Kind regards,

Mark Templeton.

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