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Health tips for parents before children return to school Monday

    The Education Bureau (EDB) has reminded parents to check the body temperature of their children and record the readings before sending them to school on Monday (March 31).

    The reminder comes before the resumption of classes at kindergartens, kindergartens/child care centres, primary schools and special schools starting from next Monday or the first school day after their prearranged Easter break.

    An EDB spokesman said, "Student health is always our prime concern. As Hong Kong is still within the traditional influenza season, we ask parents to be alert in checking the health of their children, and reminding their children to observe good personal and environmental hygiene."

    The EDB also asked parents to pay attention to the following:

(1) check their children's body temperature, and ask their children to bring the signed temperature chart to school;
(2) keep children at home if they have symptoms of influenza. If they have fever, the children should stay at home until symptoms have gone and fever has subsided for at least two days;
(3) inform the school immediately if their children are sick or have been admitted to hospital; and
(4) pick their children up from school for immediate medical care if they fall sick in class.

    The EDB also urges schools to continue to adopt influenza prevention measures after class resumption, including

(1) maintaining environmental hygiene;
(2) ensuring good ventilation in classes;
(3) observing the health condition of students and staff recovering from influenza;
(4) keeping sick leave records and taking care of sick students in school; and
(5) follow the advice issued by the Department of Health on the wearing of masks at schools.

    Schools should make appropriate arrangements for examinations, tests or activities originally scheduled to be held during advanced Easter holidays. If students are absent from school due to sickness, the schools should provide learning support to keep track of their learning progress.

Ends/Saturday, March 29, 2008
Issued at HKT 11:23


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