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COVID-19

Reporting COVID-19 related Absence

Please report Covid-19 related absences in the usual way, either by telephoning the school office on 0208 390 9544 or emailing admin@limetree.rbksch.org. Information regarding the date of onset of symptoms and/or the date of a positive test is required in order for us to code absence appropriately.

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer

  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet

  • Get tested and self-isolate if required

  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated

If you have no symptoms:

If you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste):


Government Guidance

Children and young people in England:

  • are at a very low risk and rate of severe illness from current variants – the benefits of them being in an education setting continues to significantly outweigh the COVID-19 health risks

  • will no longer be in bubbles or be required to self-isolate if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • should stay at home and get a PCR test if they have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms

  • are advised to take 2 rapid lateral flow tests at school (3 to 5 days apart) at the start of term, followed by twice weekly testing at home

  • can get support to help them catch up or to boost their wellbeing

NHS Guidance for Coronavirus in Children

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

The main symptoms of 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 sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:

  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.

  2. Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.

Get a PCR test to check for COVID-19 on GOV.UK

Important:

Help from NHS 111

Get help from NHS 111 if you're worried about your child or not sure what to do.

What to do if your child seems very unwell

Children and babies will still get illnesses that can make them very unwell quickly. It's important to get medical help if you need it.

Urgent advice:

Call 111 or your GP surgery if your child:

  • is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a fever

  • is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature of 39C or higher, or you think they have a fever

  • has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature (fever)

  • has a high temperature that's lasted for 5 days or more

  • does not want to eat, or is not their usual self and you're worried

  • has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol

  • is dehydrated – for example, nappies are not very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they're crying

Immediate action required:

Call 999 if your child:

  • has a stiff neck

  • has a rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it (use the "glass test" from Meningitis Now)

  • is bothered by light

  • has a seizure or fit for the first time (they cannot stop shaking)

  • has unusually cold hands and feet

  • has pale, blotchy, blue or grey skin

  • has a weak, high-pitched cry that's not like their usual cry

  • is drowsy and hard to wake

  • is extremely agitated (does not stop crying) or is confused

  • finds it hard to breathe and sucks their stomach in under their ribs

  • has a soft spot on their head that curves outwards

  • is not responding like they usually do, or not interested in feeding or usual activities


The BBC also has a useful article: Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?