Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS England describe the main symptoms of Coronavirus as:
- a high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If your child has these symptoms do not send them to school. If somebody in your household has these symptoms do not send your child to school.
Please refer to the information in the advice leaflet in this section for guidance on what to do, how to arrange a test and self-isolation.
Coronavirus Information for Parents/Carers (September 2020)
The advice and guidance below is based on the DfE document ‘Guidance for full opening of schools’ (updated 7 August 2020). NHS England lists the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19) as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of taste or smell.
What should I do if my child develops symptoms of coronavirus when not in school?
Any student who develops symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home and not attend school. Absence should be reported as soon as possible on the usual school attendance number, 0151 631 4410 for Year 7 – 11 and 0151 631 4401 for 6th Form and the student must be tested for coronavirus. Parents/carers are responsible for arranging a test and informing us of the outcome as detailed below. Tests must be undertaken within the first 5 days of developing symptoms and if the result is positive your child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
What should I do if anyone in our household develops symptoms of coronavirus?
If any member of your household develops symptoms of coronavirus your child must stay at home and not attend school. The household member should obtain a test. Your child can return to school only if the result of the test is negative. If it is positive they must self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of the household member’s symptoms. Your child’s absence should be reported to the school attendance number 0151 631 4410 for Year 7 – 11 and 0151 631 4401 for 6th Form.
What happens if a student develops symptoms of coronavirus at school?
When a student develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. The student will be separated from their group and asked to wait in a private ventilated room whilst a parent/carer is contacted to collect them. They will be supervised from a safe social distance until they are collected.
All students must be tested if they display symptoms of coronavirus. Parents are responsible for arranging student testing, within the first 5 days of developing symptoms and parents must inform school of the result as soon as it is received by telephone to Miss L Ashman, Senior Administration Officer on 0151 631 4408.
Can children be tested for the virus?
Yes – students must be tested if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms, as with members of their household if they are symptomatic. This will enable students to get back to education, if the test proves to be negative, subject to advice from the NHS Test and Trace Service. A prompt test will also ensure rapid action can be taken to protect their classmates and staff if the result is positive.
What should I do to request a test?
To request a test please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and follow the steps. This site also contains additional information regarding Coronavirus symptoms, Self-isolating and information on the NHS Test and Trace Service and is updated on a regular basis. If you do not have access to the internet you can order a test by telephone via NHS 119.
What should I do when I receive the results of the test?
You are asked to contact school on our dedicated telephone line 0151 631 4408 and inform us of the outcome as soon as possible. If the result is negative your child does not need to self-isolate as long as everybody else they live with who has symptoms tests negative, everybody in their bubble with symptoms tests negative, they have not been told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate for 14 days and they feel well and no longer have a temperature.
If the result is positive your child will need to self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Students can return to school, after the end of their 10 day self-isolation, only if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of smell/taste. If they still have a high temperature they should stay at home until this returns to normal.
In accordance with Government and Public Health England advice we will be required to ask anybody in your child’s group to self-isolate for 14 days however we will endeavour to treat the information provided in the strictest of confidence. You will also be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service, further information regarding this can be found on the link above.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in my child’s school?
Where we are informed of a positive result, the school will contact the local Health Protection Team who will instruct us on the appropriate steps to take. We will assess who has been in close contact with the person who has tested positive and ensure they are asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
School will send home anybody who has been in close contact with a person who tests positive and parents and carers will be contacted. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless your child subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the student’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other students may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where schools are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole school will not generally be necessary.
If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school, parents/carers will be contacted by school and notified as soon as possible. Please be reassured that whilst in school, all public health advice and Department for Education guidance is being followed and there are additional control measures in place e.g. staggered start and finish times for each group, wherever possible year groups are not mixing within the building and additional hygiene and cleaning procedures are in operation across the school.
What arrangements are in place for my child’s education if they are self-isolating?
Similar to the arrangements in place during the school closure, we have established systems for continuing education remotely.
If you test positive you will be contacted by contact tracers, who will establish who else you might have passed on the infection to.
When students are unable to attend school, students should access remote education by logging into Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) using their @whsstudent.co.uk account for each of their subjects and complete the work that has been set by their teachers.
For further information regarding how to access the remote learning resources, please click this link to view the ‘Virtual School’ information guide.