With Covid cases on the rise locally as well as nationally, this is a serious reminder that if a parent or child has symptoms, that person must get a Covid test and their entire household should self-isolate. If you are unsure about the symptoms you or your child has, please ring NHS 111 for advice or go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
A parent must not send their child/ren to school, even if it is the parent with symptoms and not the child. When you receive the results of the test, please inform the school immediately (whether positive or negative).
We have collated the essential information below from the NHS and the Gov.uk websites.
The most common symptoms of Covid are:
- A temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or above;
- A new continuous cough or three coughing episodes in 24 hours;
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste;
- Also, some people locally have reported having a headache.
If the test comes back negative, the children can return to school immediately (but, as already stated, please ring school to let us know first), assuming they are well enough to return.
If you test positive for Covid 19 you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken, and (as of 14th December) the rest of your household must also self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken.
You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive, and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate. It is also an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.
A reminder too, that parents must wear face masks while on the school premises at any time. Thankyou, as always, for your co-operation and understanding.