15th September 2020
Thank you for keeping us informed of your child’s health. Lots of parents are concerned about keeping their child away from school during this “coughs and colds” season. Please be alert for these specific coronavirus symptoms to support you in making a considered judgement as to whether your child can still attend school.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· 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
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If your child is displaying these symptoms please inform the school office and they (and sibling) need to remain off school until they have had a negative test.
What to do if you or your child have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
2. All the family must stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
Please phone the school office if you have any questions we will be happy to help. The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care.
Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
It is important to keep the office informed of any absence by leaving a message or email on the first day of absence and every day after. Thank you.