Covid-19 Related Absence from school – a Quick Guide for Parents
|What should I do if ….?||Action needed …|
|My child is feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms of:
· a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their 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
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most children with Covid-19 have at least one of these symptoms.
|DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.
The whole household must self-isolate. Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms; the rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.
You should book a test for your child using this link here, or by phoning 119.
Please note – only the person with symptoms should be tested and there is no need for others in the household to have a test, unless they also have any of the symptoms mentioned.
Make sure you tell the school immediately about the result of the test.
|My child is feeling ill with other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose or a headache.||You should act in the same way as you would have done before the pandemic. This may involve sending your child to school or keeping them at home, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms. Of course you should seek medical advice via your GP or NHS direct on 111 if you would normally do so.
Please note – if your child has sickness or diarrhoea they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of this, as is normal policy.
|Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms||DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.
The whole household must self-isolate and the person with symptoms should book a test using this link here, or by phoning 119.
|Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19||DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.
The whole household should isolate for 14 days. The person who has tested positive must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours.
|Someone in my household with symptoms tests negative for Covid-19||Your child can return to school, assuming they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any further Covid-19 symptoms.
|My child tests positive for Covid-19||DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.
Your child must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours. The rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.
|My child tests negative for Covid-19 (test done when the child had symptoms)||Your child can return to school, assuming they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any Covid-19 symptoms.
Key Worker – information (updated 6 October 20)
If you are a Key Worker and you have no other option but for your child to be in school we will aim to provide provision at school.
For full details of the Key Workers information, please see the Government guidance.
The key principles are:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision (for more details on this list, please see the Government guidance):
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services (e.g. justice system, religious staff, charities and key frontline services)
- Local and national government (for those essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response)
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Transport (to keep air, water, road and rail transport operating)
- Utilities, communication and essential financial services
- and to parents / carers of children who have an EHCP, are Looked After, or who have a social worker under safeguarding arrangements.
We appreciate that childcare arrangements are going to be very tough for many families, but have been asked to be strict about limiting places to those qualifying under the above categories, in order to keep the number of children spending time together as low as possible.