Suspected Virus at Home
If a member of your household has any one of the symptoms of coronavirus, then your child is NOT to come to school.
These symptoms include:
- A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- A new continuous cough.
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Your child and household are eligible for testing if any of you have symptoms of coronavirus.
If your child has symptoms and tests negative for Covid-19, provided they feel well (if they still feel ill, they could have some other virus), they can return to school and all other household members can end their isolation too (providing they do not have symptoms of the virus)
If they test positive, then your child must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
If your child or another child in their class tests positive, anyone identified as a direct close contact must complete a 10 day isolation period. This is because even if they test negative, the virus may still be incubating and can show up a few days later. School will follow direct advice from the health protection team.
February 2020 Update
It has become apparent that this virus can present in all kinds of ways and there is now a wider set of symptoms which some people have also been testing positive with.
· A persistent headache
· Fever and chills
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
Many of these symptoms could be caused by other “usual” viruses but at this time Wirral’s Director of Public Health is urging residents, adults or children, to get a Covid-19 test if they are showing any of the wider symptoms of the virus. You must arrange to get a test at one of Wirral’s symptoms-only testing sites. You can book a symptoms-only test at a mobile testing centres via www.wirral.gov.uk/test
SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS IN SCHOOL
If we suspect your child is showing symptoms of coronavirus we will:
- Ask your child, if they are able to do so independently, to sit outside the classroom (exterior, not corridor) with an adult nearby.
- Call you to arrange for your child to go home immediately.
- Ensure a member of staff will put on personal protective equipment before moving your child to our designated quarantine area (first aid room) to wait to be collected. At no point will your child be left alone.
- Move the remaining children out of the class so the room can be thoroughly cleaned and aired before they return to the room.
When you collect:
- We will advise you to take your child for a coronavirus test, all members of your household will be eligible.
- Please inform the school on any outcomes as soon as you are able.
If a child attending school receives a positive test direct support and advice will be given by the local Public Health England health protection team.