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Actions for parents if your child develops symptoms of COVID19

Posted on: 20th September 2020

As we progress into winter, parents, children and staff will contract colds, sore throats and coughs, as we often do in this season.

However, in the current climate of Covid 19, deciding whether your child should attend school becomes harder to decide because many of us are concerned about Covid 19.

We find ourselves asking ‘Are our symptoms just a cold or is it something more?’

In order to help you to make that decision it is best to reflect on the Government guidance which states:

The main symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

• a high temperature, which is 37.8 degrees or above

• 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

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have Coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

The government have provided a very helpful flow chart for parents to show the actions to take if your child develops symptoms – please follow this link Management of COVID-19 in school-age children – actions for parents and carers (2)