14th Sep 2020
Now that the children are back in school and mixing, it is inevitable that we will see an increase in common illnesses. This includes common colds, sore throats and runny noses. If you child is feeling under the weather this is not necessarily a reason to keep them off school.
However, if your child or someone in your household displays one of the following symptoms:
- High temperature (this means you/they feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
- A new, continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours)
- A loss or change to your/their sense of taste or smell (this means that you have noticed that you/they cannot smell or taste anything, or things taste or smell different to normal.
Then it is important that they are booked in to have a Covid-19 test as soon as possible. The person displaying symptoms and the rest of the household must isolate until a negative test is confirmed. If the test is positive then the person displaying symptoms should isolate for 10 days and all other members of the household for 14 days. If you decide not to have a test then the 10/14 day isolation period will still apply.
School office staff will request a copy of the negative test result to be sent to them before a child from the household is allowed to return to school.
If a child displays one of the three symptoms listed above then they will be isolated in a room at school (with a member of staff wearing PPE) until an adult from the child’s household is able to come and collect them.
If your child has been sick or has diarrhoea then the school protocol of keeping the children off for 48 hours from the last occurrence of the symptom still applies.
Please remember that office staff are not medical clinicians and if you are in any doubt about your child’s symptoms then always ring 111 or the NHS Covid-19 line on 119 (where you can also order a test).