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What to do if your child or a family member COVID-19 symptoms

We will endeavour to ensure that this information always reflect current government guidelines. however, the school will always follow the government’s isolation and COVID-19 testing advice.

 

Government advice to schools – CLICK HERE

Government advice for households with a possible coronavirus infection   – CLICK HERE

Government advice on how, when and where to get tested – CLICK HERE

Government advice on what to do after you have been tested – CLICK HERE

 

All information below is correct as of 04.01.2021

 

What do I do if my child displays COVID-19 symptoms?

 

If your child displays any of the following

 

  • A high temperature

or

  • has a continuous cough

or

  • has loss or change in their sense of taste or smell (known as anosmia)

 

You need to ring school to let us know that your child is staying at home and isolating because they have symptoms. You should not send them to school and they should isolate for at least 10 days and arrange to get a test. CLICK HERE.

 

If you live in the same household as someone with coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

When does the isolation begin?

 

Day one of isolation is the day after symptoms are shown.

For example - this information below is copied from the government page on isolation periods

 

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.

 

My child had symptoms a few days ago and now doesn't have them. Can they return to school?

 

No. We are following DfE guidance. After having any of the three symptoms your child can only return to school

  • after isolating for 10 days and if they are fit and well and don't have a temperature.
  • with a negative test result and if they are fit and well and don't have a temperature.

 

See the picture at the bottom of this page to help.

 

My child had a small temperature yesterday but is now well. I don't think that the temperature was related to COVID19, I think they were under the weather. Can they return to school?

 

No. We are following DfE guidance. After having any of the three symptoms your child can only return to school

  • after isolating for 10 days and if they are fit and well and don't have a temperature.
  • with a negative test result and if they are fit and well and don't have a temperature.

 

We are aware that this may cause disruption to some families. However, the safety of our community is of the upmost importance to us and therefore we will continue to follow the DfE guidance and not allow children back to school until they have isolated or had a negative test result. 

 

My child appears to have a small cold, a sore throat and a runny nose. Can they come to school?

 

The DfE guidance is to isolate if your child or any one in your house is displaying one of the three symptoms listed above. A runny nose and a sore throat are not symptoms of COVID19. 

Children that have a sore throat and or a runny nose can return to school as soon as they are well enough. 

 

What do I do if my child is well and doesn’t display symptoms but someone in our household does display symptoms?

 

You need to ring school to let us know that your child is staying at home and isolating because someone in your house is displaying symptoms. You should not send them to school.

 

Once someone in your household has symptoms they must isolate for at least 10 days and all other members of the household must isolate for 10 days and you should make arrangements to get everyone in your household tested who is displaying symptoms. 

 

What happens at St. John's if a child is ill with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during the day?

 

If a child displays symptoms at school, they will be placed in isolation and their parents will be called so that the child can be collected as quickly as possible. An adult will monitor the child from a social distance to ensure that they are safe. 

 

Can my child return to school if they have a negative test result?

 

You need to let the school know that you have had a negative test result. Government guidance for schools advises that after having symptoms if your child tests negative, they feel well and they no longer have a temperature that they can stop isolating and return to school.

If the child is returning to school with a negative test result before the 10 day isolation period school will need to see evidence of the negative test result.

If the child is returning to school after having symptoms and having isolated for 10 days the school does not need to see evidence of a negative test result and they can return to school on the 11th day, if they are well enough and no longer have a temperature.

 

If your child has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and you have been contacted through the government's track and trace program you need to isolate for 10 day from the date of contact, even if you have a negative test result within these 10 days. 

 

Children may have still have a persistent cough and a loss of taste or smell after their 10 day isolation. They are able to return to school if they feel well but have either a persistent cough or a loss of taste and smell. They can not return to school after 10 days isolation if they still have a temperature. 

 

What do I do if my child has a positive test result?

 

You need to inform St. John’s if your child has had a positive test result and your child must isolate immediately.

 

If your child had a positive test because they had symptoms, they need to keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. They can then return to school if they are well enough and are not displaying COVID19 symptoms.

If your child had a positive test but did not have symptoms, they need to self-isolate for 10 days from when they had the test. They can then return to school if they are well enough and are not displaying COVID19 symptoms.

 

What does St. John’s do if a child at school has a confirmed case of COVID19?

 

We ring the East Midlands health protection team. This team then carries out a risk assessment and then guide St. John’s through the actions that we need to take. We will follow their advice and recommendations. We will share all of their advice with our community on our website.

 

 

 

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