The main symptoms of Covid-19 are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss or change in your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child develops any of these symptoms, they should get a PCR test as soon as possible, and remain in isolation until you have received the result for this. It is essential that they are not sent into school, or come onto the premises, until you have received the PCR result. You can order a free PCR test at www.gov.uk, or by calling 119. If the PCR test result is negative, your child can end isolation. If the PCR result is positive, your child will need to remain in isolation until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. They can return to their normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if their symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms they have are a cough and/or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If they still have a high temperature after 10 full days or are otherwise unwell, please keep them off school and seek medical advice.
If your child has a positive PCR test result but does not have any symptoms, they must stay at home and isolate for the full 10 days from the date when the positive PCR test was taken. The isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset.
If you live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 (tested positive or asymptomatic awaiting a test result) then you should refer to the government Stay At Home guidance, which contains information about what the household should do, and who is exempt from isolation as a close contact. Even if you are exempt, it is recommended that you do get a PCR test, and undertake the measures in this guidance such as limiting contact with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, wearing a face covering unless exempt in enclosed spaces etc…
If you/your child develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange a Covid PCR test, and follow the guidance for people with Covid symptoms.
For most people, Covid will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek medical advice from the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek medical advice from NHS 111 or from https://111.nhs/ or by phoning 111.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are communicating with parents/carers in a variety of ways, but these include on Google Classroom, our website and ParentMail.
If your child is isolating or learning from home, then they can access their learning via Google Classroom. Please contact the school office for any queries regarding Google Classroom access.
You can contact the school office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01403 254925.