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COVID information

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I am re-sending the following information to you that I sent out last Friday because we are receiving a lot of phone calls at school about this - please read all the information carefully that I am sending out today as it will answer most, if not all, of the questions that parents are phoning in about. I also attach a very useful guidance and checklist for you about which steps to take regarding coronavirus. Thank you to all of you who have kept us informed and updated of your child’s general illnesses and of any test results.

 

It is completely natural that throughout the autumn term children will get coughs, colds and temperatures. During this time, we are understandably concerned that any illness could be related to Coronavirus.

Coronavirus symptoms are: 

  • a high temperature (even if it goes down quickly) 
  • a new, continuous cough - Please note: continuous.  As parents you can spot the difference. 
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste 

           You must isolate and test if your child has any of the above. 

 

So, to clarify – at Milwards we have never advised any parent to bring their child into school with a high temperature. It is therefore very unhelpful for any parent to share on social media that the school have said otherwise! This is unfair and causes unnecessary confusion for others.
 

However, a high temperature does not mean that your child will necessarily need a test for coronavirus – this depends on the other symptoms. See the checklist attached.

 

If you are worried please phone 111, they can provide bespoke advice, and if necessary, they will send you for a test. For a really good guide please see.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51643556 

 

At the moment, we know that there are difficulties with some people trying to get tested.

Here is a link which will be updated weekly with mobile testing information for coronavirus. 

https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/current-dates-and-locations-for-mobile-testing-units

 

Best wishes,

 

Linda Chesworth

Headteacher

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