Kids get swine flu lesson on first day back in school
CONCERNS ABOUT swine flu affecting the new school term faded into the background this week as schools across the county took the situation in their stride and handled it calmly and efficiently.
At St. Joseph’s N.S. Templerainey in Arklow on Monday morning more than 90 new pupils got used to the hygiene routine very quickly and soon learned how to prevent the disease from spreading.
Speaking to The Bray People, newly installed Principal Diarmuid Kavanagh said that all the children had cooperated fully with the instructions of the teaching staff.
‘It was all very low key really. On Monday we simply gave the students kitchen towel to dry their hands which they then put in the bin straight away. Also we have soap dispensers for their use. We will be asking parents to send a facecloth in with their children for their own use and we have also sent information home in our latest newsletter,’ he explained. Mr. Kavanagh added that the benefits of Vitamin C and healthy eating have also been taken into account for keeping colds in general at bay. ‘There is a lot of information available on swine flu prevention but to be honest the biggest concern for parents this week was seeing their children go to school for the first time. The emotional aspect overtook all other issues.’
Teacher at St. Joseph’s N.S. Laura Finn gives the pupils instruction on how to wash their hands and dispose of tissues to prevent the spreading of swine flu.