This page has been created to centralise information provided to parents, students and staff regarding COVID-19.
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature (37.8c or greater)
- 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
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:
Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.
If children have to be isolated, work will be set on the website via the class web page.
The NHS has a dedicated website with information on how COVID-19 spreads and how to avoid infection; plus NHS advice for anyone who thinks they may have symptoms or who might have been exposed to the virus when travelling: Please click here for NHS 111
The Department of Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
|Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Parents may wish to discuss Coronavirus with their children to alleviate growing concern, BBC Newsround have a friendly and informative page with child appropriate articles and links that we recommend – Please click here for BBC Newsround
For the latest information from Public Health England regarding COVID-19, Please click here
Public Health England have a comprehensive list of guidance that can be found here : Please click here for Public Health England