Covid-19 Updates

The information below has been provided by the NHS and Public Health England and has been summarised to help you access up-to-date information, helping us all work together over the next few weeks and months.

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – taken with a thermometer reading above 38◦
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal

Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs e.g. runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any of the symptoms listed above then they can still go to school.

What to do if your child has the above symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible – please be aware that you cannot under any circumstances get a test through your GP surgery so please do not ring for this purpose alone. You can ONLY get a test through ‘NHS 111 online’ or by ringing 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Please only order a test for the person in your household who has symptoms. These tests are NOT for individuals who do not have symptoms.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

What you can do to decide if your child needs to see a GP?

If you are worried about your child please click on the link below to an excellent website called ‘Healthier Together’ where there is lots of very useful information about managing illness in children:

https://what0-18.nhs.uk/

There is also a page dedicated to COVID-19 in children. It is important to remember that COVID-19 appears to generally cause only mild illness in children. About 1 in every 100 cases diagnosed in the UK have been in children and infection is generally far milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case.

What happens if my child is taken ill at school and shows coronavirus symptoms?

We will inform you immediately and you must book a test. We cannot provide you with a test in school.

 

COVID-19 SCENARIO FACTSHEET

What to do it… Action Needed Return to school when…
….my child has COVID-19 symptoms –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us.  If this is at the weekend, please email: admin@eaglewoodschool.co.uk

–       Self-isolate the whole household

–       https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 /symptoms gives Covid-19 symptoms

–       Get a test for your child or anyone who is symptomatic in the household

–       Inform the school immediately about the test result

…. the test comes back negative or a period of 10 days has passed since the symptoms started, and the child feels well
…my child tests positive for COVID-19 –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 10 days)

–       Self-isolate the whole household (household members only need to get tested if they are symptomatic)

…10 days have passed since symptoms began, even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell (these symptoms can last for several weeks) AND the child feels well
…my child tests negative –       Contact the school to inform us

–       Discuss when your child can come back (same day/next day)

…the test comes back negative
…my child is ill with symptoms not linked to COVID-19 –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Ring on each day of illness

 

…after 48 hours following the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea
…someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Self-isolate the whole household

–       Household member to get a test

–       Child does not need a test unless symptomatic

–       Inform school immediately of test result

…the test comes back negative
…someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19 –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days)

–       Self-isolate the whole household

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation or 10 days after a subsequent positive test
…NHS test and trace has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days)

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation
…NHS test and trace has identified a household member (other than my child) as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 –       The household member must self-isolate for 14 days

–       Child can continue to attend school

…child can continue to attend school
…a sibling attending another school has been sent home to self-isolate due to there being a positive case in their school –       The sent home sibling must self-isolate for 14 days

–       Eaglewood child can continue to attend school

…child can continue to attend school
…my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that is NOT on the exempt list of countries –       Do not come to school

–       If returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

–       Minimum of 14 days self-isolation for all those that travelled

–       Contact school to inform us you are back in the country and we will agree an earliest date for possible return to school

–       Self-isolate the whole household

–       Use https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for up to date travel information

 

…the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed
…my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that IS on the exempt list of countries –       If returning from a destination where quarantine is NOT needed:

–       Check the current exempt countries and territories list at:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to confirm the country you have travelled from or through is on the exempt list

–       Ring school to inform us you have returned to the UK and agree a return date to school

 

…you have informed the school of your return to the UK and you are exempt from self-isolation
…I have travelled from a country that requires us to quarantine (but my child did not travel) –       As long as you do not have/have not had symptoms in the last 14 days, your child can continue to attend school

–       The person who has travelled MUST NOT leave the house, including to do pick-ups and drop offs

…child can continue to attend school
…we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding –       Do not come to school

–       Contact school to inform us

–       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

…school inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again

 

…you receive medical advice that your child may return to school

…my child’s bubble is closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in school –       Child must not come to school

–       Support your child at home with remote education provided by your school

–       Your child will need to self-isolate for 14 days

–       Other siblings may continue to attend school

…school inform you that the bubble will be reopened
…I am unable to get a test for someone in the household –       If you are unable to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, your child and your household must self-isolate for 14 days

 

…the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation