We are now entering the time of year when children typically start to get colds. If a child has a cold they can still attend school. In line with government guidance, if a child is displaying the symptoms of Covid 19 they must self-isolate and get a test. The three main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• a high temperature
• a loss of taste or smell
• a new and persistent cough
Our priority remains the safety of every member of our school community and should a child present with Covid symptoms we will ask for them to be collected from school. The symptom that is the most difficult to distinguish is the cough. . A new and persistent cough is a cough that lasts for more than an hour, or 3 coughing episodes in a 24 hour period. We are not medical experts in school and cannot diagnose. For the safety of all members of our school community, where a child presents in school as having one of the three symptoms, we will contact you for the child to go home to self-isolate and ask that you arrange a test through 111 or the GP. This follows the guidance from Public Health England. If you are asked to collect your child and yet you believe it to be linked to a cold rather than Covid we are asking that you contact 111 and describe the symptoms. The medical profession will be able to advise you. In the event that the symptoms are not Covid related your child should return to school as normal. We ask that you inform us beforehand. We appreciate your support with this. Please find attached information relating to symptoms and self-isolation. Thank you for your continued support.