What should I do if my child has COVID19 symptoms?
- If your child has any of the main COVID19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste), they should not attend school and should stay at home.
- You should arrange for them to get a PCR test and tell your child’s school the test results.
- Your child should not attend school while you are waiting for test results, even if they are feeling better.
- If the test is negative, they should go to school as normal.
- If they test positive, they should continue to isolate and follow public health advice.
What happens if my child has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms? (for example in their class)
If your child has been identified as a close contact, you will be advised (by text from school) that your child takes a PCR test. They will not have to self-isolate and they CAN attend school, unless they have a positive PCR test result.
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: - Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
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