Parent guide to Coronavirus from Public Health

A message to parents regarding Coronavirus from Public Health:

Thank you to parents and carers for following the guidelines that are in place to keep you, your child, your family and your school community safe. Here is an important reminder of the rules. Thanks to parents and carers for their support, it has been great to see children enjoying time together in class again.

Do not send children to school if they have symptoms of Coronavirus

You must not send your child to school if they have the following Coronavirus symptoms:

  • High temperature
  • Continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of taste
  • Loss or change in sense of smell

Here is more information from the NHS about Coronavirus symptoms.

Here is the guidance from Public Health Dorset about what you need to do if your child has symptoms of Coronavirus. There is also advice about what to do if your child is unwell with symptoms not related to Coronavirus.

Waiting for a test? You must self-isolate

If you or your child have symptoms of Coronavirus, your whole household must self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test.

Your whole household must isolate until you get your test result back. If the test comes back negative then you can carry on your normal activities.

Self-isolation means that. You must not leave your house.

You may need family and friends to help you get essentials such as food or medication during the time you are isolating.

What you must do if you or your child are ‘close contacts’

If your child has been classed as a close contact of a positive Coronavirus case, then they will be asked to complete 14 days of self-isolation from last contact with the confirmed case. This means they cannot leave home.

If you have other children at school then the child self-isolating cannot come with you on school runs either in the car or walking.

While your child is self-isolating you may need to ask family or friends to pick up your other children. If you are currently self-isolating as a close contact then you must arrange for friends or family to do the school run. You must not come to school or leave your home.

If you or your child develop Coronavirus symptoms then you must self isolate immediately and book a test.

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