Kids get swine flu les­son on first day back in school

Bray People - - BRAY PEOPLE -

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.

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