Coronavirus - Information for Families
What to do if my child is showing symptoms of COVID-19;
Symptoms of COVID-19
- 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
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms
above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19:
No child displaying any of these symptoms should return to school until they have had a
negative test or the 10 days have passed since the symptoms began. Please ring the school
to inform us if your child develops symptoms. If a child develops symptoms in school they
will sent home and you will be asked to arrange a test.
Anyone who lives with a person who has developed any of the symptoms above must stay at home and not
leave the house for 14 days. Stay at home guidance can be found here:
Those who are self-isolating, because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive,
should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves.
What if my child is unwell with non-covid symptoms?
The NHS advises that if a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school. Sore
throats and blocked or runny noses are not symptoms of coronavirus. In the case of a heavy cold,
where you child is clearly unwell, they should not be coming to school. Please remember that if your
child has a temperature this is a symptom and you would need to arrange a test.
For stomach upsets, including vomiting and diarrhoea, your child should remain off school for 48 hours
after the last bout.
Other links that you may find useful:
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn
term - Updated 1 September 2020
Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the
Please ensure that you have an emergency plan in place to pick up your child should they become
unwell and have a contingency plan in case of the need to isolate or the need to close classes or full
school closures. The government is determined not to shut schools which is why we have been asked
to work in bubbles so that if needed a class can be shut rather than the whole school.
It is imperative that the school has your correct contact details as well as an emergency contact in
case we can’t get hold of you. If you know your details have changed, please email the office with an
Currently, parents are not allowed to come into the school building and meet face to face with
teachers. This obviously makes building relationships difficult and having a quick chat just to check on
something more of a challenge. We will be working on systems to ensure that you are kept well
informed about how your child is doing over the next couple of weeks. Please work on the premise that
no news is good news. The children have settled incredibly well and we will continue to support their
mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to the new rules and structures in school. The class teacher
will call you if they have any concerns at all about your child. If you have concerns and want to contact
the class teacher, the best thing to do is to explain your concern in an email and send it to the class
teacher via the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) . The teacher will then be able to give you a
call or email you back.
Coronavirus - information for children
"You're all going to be really, really important in slowing down the spread of this disease."
Public Health England have advised that adults can support children by watching Newsround viewers put their questions to Drs Chris and Xand vanTulleken of CBBC's Operation Ouch.
Please click on the link below for essential viewing for speaking to children about the disease.
The Children's Commissioner has also published the following information:
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111
Childline has a really good page about the coronavirus that might be worth looking at with 10 tips to cope during lockdown:
Latest Guidance from the DfE: