What happens when a child displays one or more symptoms of COVID-19? 

We will inform the child’s parents and ask them to visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or contact 119 to book a test or further advice. The child will be sent home and will be isolated while awaiting collection.

Do all parents from the class receive notification if a child is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms?

No. We will only contact the parents of the child and then follow procedure. The identity of the person will not be revealed to anyone else.

What happens if a child or staff member in school tests positive for COVID-19?

The individual who has tested positive and everyone in their household should self-isolate immediately for 14 days. We will then inform Public Health who will then advise us as to who else within the school bubbles will need to isolate as a result of this case.

If my child or class bubble must self-isolate, what happens to their attendance?

A new mark has been created by Newcastle City Council for self-isolation. This will not affect your child’s attendance.

What happens if a child in school tests positive for COVID-19 but has other siblings in school?

The individual and everyone in their household should self-isolate immediately.

If a child receives a negative test will they come back to school with evidence of a negative test?

Once an individual has received notification of a negative test, they can return to school the following day. Following guidance schools should not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.

If a child is unwell with a cough or cold will they be sent home?

Unless a child is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 they can attend school (if they are well enough to do so). A child will not be sent home from school unless they have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A fever – this means hot to the touch on the chest or back. A high temperature is 37.8C or greater
  • A continuous cough – a dry cough and coughing a lot for over an hour with more than 3 episodes per day
  • Loss of taste and smell – this means no taste or smell, or things taste and smell different to normal

Can my child attend school if they have been given pain relief medication such as Calpol/paracetamol/ibuprofen/cough mixture?

Although we understand that sometimes children receive these medications for a non-temperature related reason, we would advise you to keep your child off school to ensure that medication used is not masking any other signs of COVID-19. However if you felt that medication would need to be given to your child for any other reason, such as toothache, please inform the school office before attending school.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office on the below email address, however if questions have already been answered they will be referred to letters online we have previously sent out.

Office contact:

0191 2625552 – 8.15am – 4.15pm

admin@stalbans.newcastle.sch.uk