What symptoms should I look out for in my child?
According to NHS England if your child shows signs of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature of 37.8 or above – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- 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
Please do NOT send your child into school if they are showing signs of these symptoms or if they have not completed the course of self isolation. If your child falls ill in school and we have reason to believe they are showing any of the above symptoms they will leave their 'Bubble' and wait in a Quarantine room in the school whilst someone calls you to collect them. A member of staff will wait outside the room and will be dressed in appropriate Protective Personal Equipment. This member of staff will be on hand to ensure your child remains safe.
We appreciate that at certain times of year symptoms of allergies and other common illnesses and conditions could equally appear like symptoms of Covid-19. As we are not medically trained beyond paediatric first aid, we are not in a position to diagnose an allergy from Covid-19 and will therefore always opt to contact parents or carers to take their child home.