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What to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19

What happens if my child or other member of the household displays Covid symptoms at home?

What happens if my child displays Covid symptoms in school?

If your child falls ill at school, you will be contacted to collect them from school (via the side door next to Mr Samuel's office).


If your child develops any of the 3 following symptoms, whether at school or at home, your child must self-isolate for 10 days and you must arrange a test for your child.

  • a new persistent cough
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a high temperature
    If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999. 


If your child does not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms but does;

  • Feel unwell but has a temperature of less than 37.8c,
  • Vomit or has diarrhoea,
  • Have a sore throat,
  • Have a loss of appetite,
  • Have a rash,
  • Have fatigue / aches,
  • or have any other general illnesses or is feeling unwell....

you are advised to monitor the child closely.

If any of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms develop you must follow the government guidance on self-isolation and arrange a test for your child.

The school will contact you after 48 hours to check if your child has been COVID-19 symptom free
If your child does not develop one of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school 48 hours after the initial symptoms occurred. 

All children and members of their households in England have access to testing if they display symptoms of coronavirus, including children under 5. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

Tests can be accessed through the NHS website or by calling 119.

Urgent advice: Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any of:

  • high temperature
  • new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste


111 will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Babies and children
Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.
If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Get more advice about coronavirus in children here.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Further information about Test and Trace is available here.
If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test on the NHS website or by calling 119.
If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period. Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms visit the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call 111. Please note that the school staff are not able to offer any advice or guidance about any medical matters. 


Public Health England - Flowchart for schools during COVID-19 Pandemic (8th September 2020)