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Covid 19 FAQs

Parent/Carers role before school each day to prevent the spread of Covid 19.

We would ask all parents to check their child’s temperature every morning before sending her/him to school.  If he/she has a temperature or any other symptoms such as a dry cough or a loss of taste or smell then she/he should not be sent into school.

If your child requires medication that would lower a temperature such as Calpol or Nurofen please do not send your child into school as these medications would mask a temperature if your child were to develop symptoms while at school. 

My child or a member of my household has symptoms at home.  What should I do?

If your child or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms, please keep your child at home along with any other members of your household for the period of time set out in current public health guidance

You should arrange a test for COVID-19 – information on how to do so is available on the PHA website

Your child’s wellbeing is our first priority.  Please do not let any concerns about attendance stop you taking this advice.  Please keep the school informed throughout.

 

My child was sent home from school because of a high temperature, a continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell?  What do I do next and when can they return to school?

 

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss or a change in their normal sense of smell or taste while at school, they and any members of their household within school will be sent home and advised to follow the PHA guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.  The school has to keep a full record of such actions and we will request that the parent/carer records their acknowledgement of this action.

 

Please ensure that you have a plan in place as to how your child will be fetched from school if such an occurrence were to take place to limit the amount of time that your child is waiting in our isolation room.  Your child will be accompanied by a member of staff at all times. 

As soon as you and your child return home you should arrange a test for COVID-19 – information on how to do so is available on the PHA website and all of your household should remain at home for the period of time set out in the current public health guidance

 

My child and every member of my household has tested negative.  What happens next?

Where an individual was experiencing symptoms and has had a negative result and everyone who was tested in the household has received a negative result, your child can return to school providing he/she is well enough and has not had a fever for 48 hours.

If an individual has been identified as a 'close contact' and contacted by the PHA Contact Tracing Service  she/he must follow PHA guidelines.

 

 

My child or a member of our household has tested positive.  What happens next?

You should inform the school immediately via the office if during school hours.  If after hours, please send a message to your child’s teacher via the usual means of communication e.g. Seesaw, Google Classroom or email.   Please also contact the office the next morning as early as possible after 9:00am.  The individual who has been confirmed as COVID positive will be required to stay at home for at least 10 days. Members of the household will also need to follow the self-isolation guidance given by the PHA.

Anyone who tests positive will be contacted by the school/Contact Tracing Service in the Public Health Agency. They will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom you have been in direct contact, or been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. The PHA Contact Tracing Service will also work with the school to identify close contacts in the school setting if required.

 

When can my child return to school if he/she has been advised to self-isolate?

You will be advised by the Public Health Agency as to the required period of isolation.   Your child must remain at home and complete this period of isolation before returning to school.   This will help contain any potential transmission.

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