This section contains what I hope is helpful advice on what to do if your son is unwell. It is meant to be clear and simple to use.

If your son is unwell, please see the following flow-chart Should my son be in school and read what follows.

The NHS advises that if a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school if they are well enough. There are quite a few cold-like symptoms around at the moment. A number of boys, staff and parents have been tested recently, and, so far, all the tests have been negative.

Sore throats and blocked or runny noses are not symptoms of coronavirus. In the case of a heavy cold, children may need to take a day or two off to get better.

The symptoms of coronavirus in children are

  • A high temperature (above 37.8)
  • 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 in their sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your son has one of the symptoms of coronavirus in children, you should do the following:

  1. Arrange for him to have a test as soon as possible and let the school know.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test
  3. Anyone you live with (in your household) must also stay at home until you get the result.

If in doubt, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

If the test is negative, a copy of the result should be sent into school as per the flowchart below and subsequently your son should come back in to school as soon as he is well enough to do so.

If the test is positive, please inform school as soon as possible, and follow the guidance given on this helpful leaflet which can be accessed by clicking this link: Department of Education information for parents

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