Covid Symptoms and reporting
Procedures and Protocols
A reminder that the main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
· A high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this mean you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Do not send your child to school if:
· They are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
· Someone in your household is showing symptom
· Someone in your support bubble has symptoms and your child has been in close contact with them since the symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
· Your child or someone in your household has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid 19)
· Your child is required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area 6
Actions you must take:
· Arrange a test if you or your child develop symptoms (https://www.gov.uk/getcoronavirus-test).
· Let the school know the test result as soon as possible by phoning the school office: 0121 675 0622.
· If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
· Other household members (including any siblings) should self-isolate from the day your child’s symptoms started (or the day they took a test if they did not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days.
If your child or someone in your household has tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.
If your child displays symptoms, or has a positive test, while at school, they should not use public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household. In exceptional circumstances, if you cannot arrange to have your child collected and they cannot walk, cycle or scoot home, alternative arrangements may need to be organised by the school.
Your child does not need a test if they:
· Have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell, but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.
· Are advised to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), for example, another pupil in their class, but are not showing symptoms themselves.