With children back at school for the first time in over five months, the inevitable colds have started and we have a number of children with the classic cold symptoms some of which are similar to Coronavirus symptoms. We have had many phone calls from concerned parents wondering if they should send their child to school or get a Covid-19 test. School staff cannot advise you on what you should or should not do for your child if they have cold symptoms. It is for you as parents to make the decision whether your child’s symptoms warrant a test or not but if your children are ill please do not send them to school.
However, if they have one or more of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature - this means they feel hot to touch on the chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature) or if you do have a thermometer over 38℃.
- A new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it means worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
You should keep all your children off school, at home and speak to 119 or go to the www.gov.uk/coronavirus website and arrange for a test to be carried out. You and your household must self-isolate until you have had the result of this test.
This flow chart may help you to make the decision if your child is ill.
Please contact the school using the absence line if symptoms develop for your child or for anyone in your household
Telephone us (leave a message on our answerphone) – 01603 485266 (Option 2 for main school, Option 1 for Sixth form)
Anyone in the with symptoms in the household should book and complete a test for coronavirus as soon as possible, when you have the result of the test you should contact the school to advise us of the result of the test (positive or negative)
I know that the advice we are all being given can be confusing and hope that this will help to clarify matters for you.
Mr W Chapman
Assistant Head Teacher