The start back to any school year always leads to a range of colds and runny noses.
This year, Covid-19 is obviously making this a far more difficult and worrying time for parents and carers. We have been contacted by families not sure what to do if their child become unwell;so below is a quick guide if you child is ill or becomes symptomatic at school.
DfE guidance for possible Covid-19 infections
'If anyone in your school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
This sets out that they must:
• self-isolate for at least 10 days
• arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)
We will 'call parents/legal guardian to collect pupil and take them home'. (This will also mean any other siblings in school).
Advise them that all household members will need to isolate and refer them to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.'
If the test result is negative, then as soon as your child is well enough, they can come back into school. We would request that any information of positive test results be confidentially shared with the school as we need to monitor possible outbreaks in year group bubbles.
Thank you for your co-operation