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Coronavirus In Children

08 Sep Coronavirus In Children

We all have a vital role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

It’s important that if your child (or anyone in your household) has any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they do not attend school and stay at home. You should arrange for them to get a test and inform us of the test results. This will help the NHS Test and Trace process. If you have a positive test result, your household should remain at home and follow the Test and Trace self-isolation guidance.

To help minimise the number of queries to the school office, please make yourself familiar with the following Government guidance, in particular the section on symptoms in children.

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus and you have concerns or are unsure what to do next, you should contact NHS 111 service in the first instance. If your child is to be absent you should also contact the school office to report the absence in the usual manner.

Step 1.

Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible. Information on the testing process can be found here

Step 2.

Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Step 3.

Inform the school office immediately of your child’s test results.

In addition, anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with:

Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms

Returning to Primary School: What Parents Need To Know

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