Response to possible cases of Covid-19
Below is a summary of the common symptoms of coronavirus. A test is needed for anyone who has one of the most common symptoms of the virus (outlined in Section A) or at least two of the other symptoms outlined in Section B.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
A new continuous cough
A high temperature (fever)
A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
NB For fevers, the NHS advice is to look for a high temperature – ‘this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back; you do not need to measure your temperature’.
Any one of the above symptoms gives reason for high level of suspicion for COVID-19.
An unwell person or child could be a possible case of COVID-19.
A combination of symptoms (two or more) below gives reason for high level of suspicion for COVID-19.
Vomiting/nausea/off their food, diarrhoea, sleeping more than usual, complaining of not feeling themselves, listless/restless/agitated, shortness of breath, feeling cold, headache, severe body aches, sore throat/congested or runny nose.
If your child becomes unwell at home in any way or if anyone in your household is unwell, they should not attend school. Please let the attendance team know the reason for your child’s absence and we will discuss with you if your child needs a test. Your household should follow relevant government guidance regarding self-isolation while waiting for test results. If a test isn’t needed, as your child has only one of the non classic symptoms of coronavirus, then your child can return to school once they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
If your child becomes unwell whilst in school, we will contact you and your child will need to be sent home. Your child will be supervised separately from other children and other members of the school community while he or she is waiting to go home.
What to do when you get the results of the coronavirus test
Once you have received your child’s test results, or the test results of anyone else in your household, you must contact us and inform us of the results, even if they are negative. This is to protect the rest of the school community.
What to do if your child’s coronavirus test is negative
If your child’s result is negative, and they are free of the symptoms for 48 hours and no longer feel unwell, they can return to school as long as they are not isolating due to being in contact with a positive case. Household members can also end their isolation, unless someone else is awaiting results of a coronavirus test.
What to do if your child’s coronavirus test is positive
If your child attended school in the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and up to the point of testing, Salford public health team will work with school and your family to establish any contacts that may have been made with others in the community, both in and out of school.
Your child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days until they feel better and symptoms have gone. A cough or lack of taste and smell might last longer than 10 days, but your child can still return to school. Advice on self-isolation will be available from Infection Control.
Your household and any other contacts must isolate for 14 days and watch for symptoms. If these appear then they will need to be tested.
What do if your child is sent home because another child has tested positive and is a direct contact
If the other child with a positive test outcome attended the school in the 48 hours prior to symptoms appearing, a decision may be made that your child will need to go home to isolate. This will only happen if they are identified as a direct contact of the person who has tested positive. This is to protect members of the school community and others.
Your child will need to self-isolate for 14 days and watch for symptoms. Your child will be offered a test if symptoms do appear. Members of your household will not need to isolate unless your own child develops symptoms. All pupils who are identified as direct contacts will need to isolate for 14 days even if your child has a negative test result during this time.
If children are sent home they will be provided with learning to complete at home and we will keep in touch with you.