FAQ regarding COVID –19

When should I keep my child at home?

If a pupil has a temperature over 37.8 oC, has a new persistent cough or a loss of taste and smell you should keep them at home and seek a test. Whilst EA only advises keeping a pupil at home if they exhibit the first 3 symptoms, please also be mindful of these other possible indicators.

· Cold or flu symptoms

· Aches and pains

· Sore throat

· Diarrhoea / Upset stomach

· Conjunctivitis

In normal circumstances a pupil should not be returning to school for 48 hrs after vomiting/diarrhoea.

My child has a cold, should they stay at home?

During the current pandemic we are asking that if a pupil has symptoms of a ‘cold’ that you keep them at home for 48 hours to see if anything further develops. If there is no high temperature or cough after this time they can then return to school.

How do I get a test if my pupil has symptoms?

The PHA will only arrange a test for your child if they exhibit one of the three main symptoms of Covid 19. You should book a test online at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Schools will soon have a small number of COVID-19 tests to give to a pupil who we feel has COVID-19 symptoms and who cannot get a test within a reasonable time frame.

Please let us know if your child is being tested so we can keep a record and share the test results if necessary.

If a pupil has a negative test when can they return to school?

As soon as they feel well, if they have not had a temperature in 48 hours.

If a pupil has symptoms do their brothers and sisters have to stay off school too?

Yes, any siblings should remain at home until a negative test result is received. At this point, if they are symptom free they may return to school.

What will happen if a pupil exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day?

If a pupil has a temperature, starts coughing persistently or complains of loss of taste or smell, the pupil will remain in the COVID isolation room until they are collected.

If a pupil tests positive what will happen?

If a pupil has a positive test result they will need to stay at home for 10 days. At that point they can return to school if their temperature is normal.

Any siblings of a positive case must self-isolate for 14 days.

Work will be available on Show My Homework and can be completed if the pupil is feeling well enough.

If there is a positive case in school what will happen?

Every parent in school will get a text message to inform them that there has been a positive case in school.

Pupils in the class of the pupil who has tested positive will get a different message explaining that they should stay at home for 14 days and seek a test if they develop any symptoms. Pupils should remain at home for 14 days regardless of the test result. Siblings of pupils in the class should not attend school and should also isolate at home for 14 days.