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What to do if you child shows COVID-19 symptoms

IMPORTANT: Should your child test positive when he/she is not in school (or when the school is not open), please contact the school immediately. Email:  and


If your child falls ill at school, you will be contacted to collect him/her from school.



If your child develops any of the 3 following symptoms, whether at school or at home, your child must self-isolate for 10 days and you must arrange a test for your child.

  • a high temperature (37.8 or higher) –  feeling hot to touch on the chest or back 
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if he/she usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change in sense of smell or taste – this means your child has noticed he/she cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.


If your child does not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms but does;

  • Feel unwell but has a temperature of less than 37.8c,
  • Vomit or has diarrhoea,
  • Have a sore throat,
  • Have a loss of appetite,
  • Have a rash,
  • Have fatigue / aches,
  • or have any other general illnesses or is feeling unwell....

you are advised to keep them at home and monitor the child closely.


If any of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms develop you must follow the government

guidance on self-isolation and arrange a test for your child.


If your child has had a test, please inform the school office of the result as as soon as possible.


Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 10 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Further information about Test and Trace is available here.


Other advice

NHS guidance

Stay at home guidance from the government