How do I know the difference between a cold, a flu and coronavirus?

- COVID symptoms: Is it cold, flu or coronavirus?

- A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?

- Today Programme (from 51:24 to 57:38)

Sneezing and having a runny nose are not symptoms of coronavirus – they are symptoms of a common cold which many of us will be catching in the months ahead! Your child is likely to be well enough to still come to school or just to need a little rest and then come back as soon as possible.

Public Health England letter to all parents 23.09.20 *here*

What happens if I’m still not sure if they are Covid symptoms or not?

You should keep your child at home to monitor their temperature and their cough closely.

As we’re sure you can understand, having pupils in school at the moment with regular coughs is unsettling both for the pupil, the rest of the class and their teacher. We may call you to come and collect your child and ask you to monitor their temperature and cough closely at home and then for you to make a decision later that day as to whether you think they are covid symptoms or not and therefore whether to get the test and stay at home to self-isolate or whether to return to school.

What happens if my child has any Covid symptoms?

If, after monitoring your child closely, your child has a temperature and has a new and persistent cough, you must keep your child at home and get tested immediately. You must also start self-isolation for the whole household. That means you must keep all your other children at home too and anyone else living in the home must also stop going out.

If your child has these Covid symptoms at school, then we will contact you to pick him/her up (and any members of the same household, e.g. siblings) as soon as possible. Your child will be isolated until you can come and collect them.

But what if I don’t want my child to take a Covid test?

You must.  The government is very clear that the best way for us to be able to keep safe is for everyone who shows any symptoms to get tested immediately.  Pupils who show symptoms must stay at home and get tested.  If this does not happen within five days, your child will have to isolate for 10 days, and other members of the household for 14 days.  This obviously has a significant impact on your child's education and we would much prefer for the child  to get the negative test and be able to come back on site asap. 

What happens if another child in my child’s bubbles shows Covid symptoms? Will I know about it?

Yes. If a child in your child’s bubble shows symptoms, we will ensure that child is at home and getting tested as soon as possible. We will inform you by email and inform you of the results of the child’s test as soon as possible. Your child is still expected to come to school every day. We will send a whole bubble home if we are advised to by Public Health England.

What happens if a child in my child’s bubble tests positive?

We will take advice from Public Health England and any other relevant bodies. It is possible that the rest of the bubble would be expected to self-isolate at home for fourteen days including the bubble staff. If your child developed symptoms, you must get them tested immediately and inform us of the results, also then starting to self-isolate (from the symptoms starting to your whole household too (e.g. keeping other siblings at home at this stage too.) If your child does not have symptoms, any siblings do not need to stay at home, they should come to school.

How do I get tested?

The test is very straight forward and nothing to be scared of.

You have to register on the government website to organise a test – either by ordering a home testing kit which you then send back, or by going to a testing centre.

If you need help understanding the process, give us a call – we will definitely help you through it!

We know it has been extremely difficult to get access to a test for many families – do keep trying every hour as the system updates regularly as more tests become available.

What happens if my child comes into contact with someone who has had a positive test outside of school?

Parents must contact the school urgently to tell us that your child has come into contact with someone who has had a positive test. Your child must then stay at home for fourteen days of self-isolation. This would be an authorised absence if you can provide appropriate evidence.