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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 24.9.21

 

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 arrange to get a PCR test. CLICK HERE.

When does the isolation begin for a child who displays symptoms?

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

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.

 

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. 

 

A household member has tested positive does my child need to isolate?

No. Children under 18 years and 6 months do not have to isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or who has displayed symptoms.

The NHS track and trace will contact people who have had a close contact with a positive case and they will be advised to take a PCR test. They do not have to isolate whilst awaiting the results of the positive test. 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Will school set work for my child to do at home?

Yes, teachers will be providing school work for children that have tested positive to do at home. Please go to our special learning at home page for extra information and support with this. CLICK HERE

 

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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