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Covid symptoms and attendance

14th September 2020


Pupils with covid symptoms – what we will advise you about attendance


Dear Parents/Carers,


We are writing to you regarding clarification on questions whether your child should attend school after receiving a number of calls to the school office this morning.


Parents will inevitably phone or email the school during this time with concerns about coughs, temperatures etc. There will be questions on whether children should attend. Our answers are simple. If pupils demonstrate any of the following;

•             A high temperature (above 37.8⁰c).

•             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 to normal.

•             Other siblings should also NOT attend until the test outcome is known.

We strongly advise you get a test.


The next step would be….

•             Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.

•             Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

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


What will we do if pupils have a cough in school? We will;

•             Do a temperature check.

•             Monitor for symptoms as listed above.

•             Phone parent/carer and check if any symptoms have been evident in past 24-48 hours.


I hope this clarifies and helps you should you find yourself dealing with your child in such circumstances.


Yours sincerely






J. Kelwick, Head teacher