Covid – 19 Info

What to do if your child is feeling unwell

If your child becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, a high temperature or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell they must be sent home and not be in school. Please refer to the NHS website if you need further guidance.

All children demonstrating symptoms must get a test. This can be booked online, although I am aware that the capacity for testing has been reduced in recent weeks due to increased demand. You must aim to get a test completed within the first 5 days of when symptoms begin to show.

It is very important that you make school aware if your child is unwell.

Pupils must isolate for 10 days from the onset of when symptoms develop and other members of the household should self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
If a test is negative and your child no longer has symptoms similar to Covid-19, then they can stop self-isolating and return to school. They could still have another virus, such as cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of the household can stop self-isolating.

If your child tests positive, they should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than the cough or sense of smell. This is because these two symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10 day period starts from the day they first become ill. If your child still has a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until this goes back to normal. Other members of the household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

It is vital that you inform school if your child, or someone in your household tests positive.

If a child or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19, then their class bubble would need to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members of the children/staff who may be sent home to self-isolate do not need to self-isolate unless their family member develops symptoms and then they should get tested. At this point, members of the household would need to self-isolate for 14 days or a negative test result comes back.

The school will work with the health protection team and take advice on how to manage the situation, should a positive test occur.