Coronavirus (Covid-19) Symptoms in Children:
Children and young people aged 18 and under can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but it's usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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 your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
What to do if your child has symptoms
Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:
- have a high temperature
- do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities
They can return to school, college or childcare when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.
If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school, college or childcare (as long as they do not have a temperature). Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues. Most children who are unwell will recover in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day, they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature; as a school we will strongly encourage this for the safety of others.
The general population now has much stronger protection against covid-19 than at any other point during the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infection.
As always, if you need any assistance or have any questions, do feel free to contact the school office.
Government Coronavirus Action Plan We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.
Parent guidance on the re-opening of schools Information for parents and carers about the opening of schools, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.
The importance of hygiene Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Where to find the latest information Up-to-date information can be found here.
Advice for parents and carers of a child with SEND Up-to-date information for parents and carers of children with special educational needs can be found here.
Explaining Coronavirus to your children BBC- Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts - how parents should tell kids
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.email@example.com
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
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