COVID-19 symptoms in children:
A child with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, should not attend school. They should self-isolate immediately and access a PCR test. Lateral Flow Tests should only be used if the child is NOT displaying any symptoms.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
a high 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
Most common are fever, cough, fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath and gastrointestinal problems like bellyache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
Other complaints include headaches, muscle aches, loss of taste and smell and cold symptoms. Your child may not have all of these symptoms.
Symptoms may vary for different age groups or variants of the virus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show.
Positive case in the household:
If there is a confirmed positive case (from a PCR test/Lateral flow test) within the household, we are strongly advising the whole household to book a PCR test as soon as possible and remain at home whilst they await the PCR test result.
If the PCR comes back negative then the child should attend school as usual, if they are well enough to do so.
Please see below for our current Risk Assessment and related documents.