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Child with COVID Symptoms

Your child has informed us that they have COVID symptoms

Please review the information below in the event that your child has informed us that they have symptoms of COVID.

The NHS guidance states that current symptoms are as follows:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What do I do now? 

  • You will be asked to take home any siblings.
  • You must arrange for your child to be tested as soon as possible. Your child will be marked absent with a X code – not required to be in school.
  • The household should self-isolate immediately. What happens when I get the test results?
  • You must notify us as soon as you have the results.

What happens if the test is negative?

  • As long as they feel better and they no longer have symptoms, they can stop self-isolating and they can return to school. The household can stop self-isolating.

What happens if the test is positive?

  • Your child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of your symptoms.
  • The rest of the household will have to isolate for 14 days. Any siblings will not be allowed to return until those 14 days are up.
  • We will have to notify the local health protection team. They will advise the school what to do next, who to contact and who else may need to self-isolate.

Can I refuse to keep my child at home? 

Schools have been given the authority to refuse a child to return if “it is necessary to protect their pupils and staff from possible infection”.

Why haven't you taken my child’s temperature?

The DfE in their guidance to schools has said that this is an “unreliable method for identifying coronavirus”