Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your 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 your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
Official updates and school information for parents and carers
Please go directly to the links below for the latest advice from the NHS and the UK Health Security Agency (UK HSA).
What to do if you or your child has symptoms of a respiratory infection
- Follow UK HSA 'Guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19, or a positive test result for COVID-19' guidance (link also below).
- Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
- All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.
- Children and young people who have a positive test result for COVID-19 should not attend the setting for 3 days after the day of the test
- If your child is unwell or is displaying symptoms of respiratory infection, such as a high temperature, and will not be attending school, please report the absence before 9.15 am by phoning the school office or by using the ParentMail absence reporting mobile app
The national approach has now realigned and COVID-19 is now considered one of many respiratory illnesses (see above). Children are expected to be in school unless they are unwell or if they have tested positive for COVID-19, in which case they should isolate for 3 days. Most absences are likely to be for minor ailments which should not give rise to lengthy absences.
If children do have to stay at home for any reason, please continue with daily reading practise and work on key maths skills such as addition and subtraction facts and multiplication tables, if they are well enough to do so.
Should you have any queries, please contact your child's class teacher via the school office.
Links to further information and latest advice from 1st April 2022
UK Health Security Agency
- The best way to wash your hands! https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Direct medical concerns
Contact NHS 111