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Dear Parents and Carers

It seems that the 'cough and cold' season has started a little earlier than it usually does, so we thought it would be useful to give you some guidance as to what to do in this instance.

Can my child go to school with a cold?

Typical symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, are not considered symptoms of coronavirus, and as such, children do not need to be kept off school. We do appreciate that coughs often accompany colds, and our advice is to use the specific NHS guidance below in order to try to determine whether the cough is continuous - the guidance below is the most specific that we can find, and we think it is a case of using your judgement as a parent and knowledge of your child as to whether they may meet this definition.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

Should a child come to school if a member of their household is unwell?

NO. If anyone in the child’s household is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms then the child should isolate for 14 days starting from the day the household member(s) became ill. If the child subsequently develops symptoms then they should isolate for at least 10 days from the date they developed symptoms. The household member(s) should be tested within 5 days of symptom onset. If all symptomatic household members test negative, the child can return to school.

So as we read it should a member of your family be sent home due to COVID-19 symptoms, any brothers or sisters at Abacus Nursery need to be collected and isolate immediately. If this is the case we recommend that you get a test as quickly as you can for the symptomatic person; the link for doing so is below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Social Distancing

Please could we remind you to adhere to the distancing guidelines below when dropping off and collecting children from nursery; you will we are sure have seen the news regarding the increase in number of positive cases over the past few days, and we are very conscious that we continue to take all the precautions that we can.

  • Please could only one person come to nursery to drop off and collect

  • Please ensure that you distance yourselves appropriately from others.

  • Please exit the nursery as quickly as you possibly can without lingering to talk to others.

Thank you for your continued support.

Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018



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