Symptoms of Covid
Children and young people aged 18 and under can get Covid but it's usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.
Symptoms of Covid 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 you think your child may have Covid
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
- If your child is unwell with possible Covid symptoms and you are unsure whether to send them to school, please phone school for advice. It may be that there are already a number of cases in school, in which case it would be likely that your child has Covid and we'd suggest they stay at home. We are very keen to avoid a Covid outbreak in school, especially as number of our students have health conditions which put them at high risk.
- It is no longer necessary to take a Covid test, but if you choose to test your child and the result is positive, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days. If they still have a high temperature on Day 3, however, they should continue to stay at home until this clears.
- If your child has Covid symptoms, encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using tissues.
Children who are still at high risk
Children who are at higher risk from Covid and other respiratory infections include:
- those whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness
- those with certain long-term conditions
You will probably already know if your child falls is at high risk and we'd appreciate it of you let school know. If there is a case of Covid in your child's form group we will then contact you and will be supportive should you choose to keep your child off school for a day or two, as a precaution.
Information on our Remote Learning plan can be found here:
Learning resources on this website
If your child is self-isolating and has completed all work set for them, then there are a couple of pages in the 'Students' section of this website that might be useful.
The 'Homework' page has links to useful educational websites recommended by our subject leaders, grouped by subject:
The 'Fun Stuff' page has a variety of educational games and fun websites: