We are aware that the current guidance around self-isolation regarding Coronavirus symptoms can be quite confusing. To help during this time, we have collated the following information to help provide some further clarity:

Guidance for School Attendance – Symptoms and What To Do

What do I do if my child has a cold?

If your child has a runny nose and is sneezing (typical signs of a cold) but otherwise is well enough to leave the home, they can attend school.

We are conscious that coughs are also often symptomatic of the common cold, however please watch out for a new, continuous cough as this is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.

What is a continuous cough and what should I do if my child has one?

A continuous cough is defined as coughing a lot more for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If your child develops a new cough that matches this description, they cannot be in school even if you believe it to be a cold. You will need to request a COVID test as this is one of the key symptoms, and/or isolate as a household for the required amount of time.

My child has/had a temperature, what shall I do?

Children should not attend school until they are clear of any temperature. A high temperature of 37.8 degrees or more is a symptom of COVID, and you will need to request a test and/or isolate as a household for the required amount of time.