Since we re-opened, we have had a few children off with a cold but have not had any positive tests for coronavirus. We know that parents are carefully following the guidance and checking children for any symptoms of coronavirus and are keen to check with school staff whether children should attend school or keep children at home.
Following the return of schools after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. In many cases, children will be well enough to attend school and continue their learning with little or no interruption to their education. In other cases, for instance where they have a heavy cold, they may need to take a day or two off to recover.
If, however, children show one of the three main symptoms of coronavirus – high temperature, a persistent cough, or a loss of taste or smell – then they must not come to school and you should try to book a test. Only those with symptoms should be tested but everyone in the household should self-isolate.
On our school website, we have shared a flow chart of questions to ask yourself to help deciding whether to keep children from school. We are able to answer questions or take messages about absence in our school office after 8 o’clock and before 4 o’clock each day.