Covid – Further Guidance for Parents / Carers
I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend. Very typical of the first week back, my little girl has come home on Friday with a cold. I tell you this because I’m certain that this will have happened to many of our children. I’m sure, like me, many of you will worry about whether or not your child should be / will be allowed in school (even though, with the exception of the odd sneeze / runny nose, they seem well).
With this in mind, I thought I’d just share some guidance taken from the NHS page.
The first section details the symptoms of Covid, whilst the second gives a little more information about what is considered to be a high temperature.
Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus 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 means you’ve 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.
High temperature in children
What is considered a high temperature?
A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4C, but this can vary slightly from child to child.
A high temperature is 38C or more.
Checking a high temperature
Your child might:
• feel hotter than usual to the touch on their forehead, back or tummy
• feel sweaty or clammy
• have red cheeks
Please remember that if you, your child or anyone else living in your household has any one of these symptoms everyone in the household must self-isolate until the person with symptoms has had a test. If the test is positive, the whole household must continue to self-isolate. If the test is negative, the person with symptoms must continue to self-isolate whilst the rest of the family can return to school / work as normal. Please make sure that you inform us of any results.
We obviously want as many children in school as possible but please look after everyone by keeping your child off if you suspect that they might have Covid.
If, like my little girl, your child doesn’t exhibit any of the Covid symptoms then we will welcome them into school on Monday. However, if they do have a runny nose, please make sure they know how to catch their sneezes / wipe their nose and then know to put the tissue in the bin and wash their hands / use hand gel.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
See you tomorrow,