COVID-19 Information and Policies
What to do if your child is unwell?
If your child is unwell before coming to school
If your child becomes unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus only, such as a:
- 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
The government’s guidance states that you only need to be displaying ONE of the symptoms before you are required to follow these next steps:
You must keep them off school for 7 days, inform the office of your decision and organise a test for Coronavirus. You should phone 119 to organise a test. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Should the test result be negative before the 7 days are up, your child can return to school. If the test is positive, you must phone the school immediately with the result.
If the result comes back positive over the weekend or during out of school hours, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
If your child has any vomiting or diarrhoea, they must be kept off school for 72 hours. During this period, if your child develops additional symptoms which have been stated above, then please continue to keep your child off school, inform the office and apply for a Coronavirus test. If your child does NOT develop any additional covid like symptoms, they may return to school after the 72 hours.
Any other illness please inform the school as normal.
If your child becomes unwell with Coronavirus symptoms at school what will happen next?
- They will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. All household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
- Your child will be isolated in our isolation room, and supervised by a member of the office staff while waiting to be collected.
- Any pupils must be tested if they display symptoms of Coronavirus. You should phone 119 to organise a test. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
If there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus at school
PHE will identify what process the school should take. This could mean ‘bubbles’ or groups having to self-isolate at short notice.
Further advice and guidance can be found at: