Although there are three main symptoms relating to COVID we have had a number of cases that have displayed different symptoms. We need to be super vigilant to ensure that we keep positive cases out of school.
If a child attends school with a runny nose and the occasional sneeze but no temperature or cough they would be allowed to stay. If they have any other symptoms at all they will be sent home to get a test.
It is better for that child to miss one day of school getting a test than for a bubble of children and staff to be isolating for 14 days. If the test is negative that is great news but if the test is positive the actions we have taken will have prevented further infections. We want everyone to be fit and well and able to enjoy their Christmas holidays.
It might also be normal for children or adults to clear their throat or to cough with a sudden change in temperature i.e. coming in from the cold. But if the cough persists for more than a few minutes they will be sent home. It no longer needs to be consistent to be COVID. It could start as a tickle or sore throat.
If a child complains of a tummy ache and appears unwell they will be sent home. They only need to go for a test if it develops into sickness or diarrhoea.
These restrictions may seem very strict but it is the only way that we can keep the infection out of our schools. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Christmas holiday with their family bubble and not to be ill or in isolation.