What If I Have Coronavirus Symptoms?
As of August 2020, the symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Full details from the NHS are available here.
Any member of staff or student displaying coronavirus symptoms will be required to:
- Notify school cover / student absence immediately
- Book a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing. We are also hopeful that as a school we may receive some home testing kits for staff to use, later in the term.
- Self isolate
Staff and students will be required to inform school immediately of the result.
If someone tests negative:
If they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school.
If they still feel unwell they could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Absence from school will be dealt with under the usual sickness policy.
In both these cases, other members of a household can stop self-isolating.
If someone tests positive:
They should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.
This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the virus has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.
Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Any member of staff who lives with somebody self-isolating due to coronavirus will also need to self isolate until either a negative result is received or in the case of a positive test, for a full 14 days.
Again, school needs to be informed as quickly as possible if you are self-isolating due to a member of your household also displaying symptoms.