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Dear Parents/Carers,

I know that there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty regarding whether to send your child to school if they have a cold or a cough.  To clarify, the NHS make it clear that it is fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold. This includes a runny nose or if they are feeling a little under the weather but do not have a temperature, persistent cough or loss or change of taste or smell.   In these instances, you may wish to seek advice from a pharmacy, see your GP or visit  You should not ask for a coronavirus test in this situation.


However, please do not, under any circumstances, send your child to school if they have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, which are:

•a high temperature – this means feeling hot to the touch on the chest or back (it is not necessary to measure a person’s 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 a person usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)

•a loss or change to a person’s sense of smell or taste – this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal

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


If you suspect that you, or anyone you live with including your child, may have the main symptoms of coronavirus, the person with the symptoms should get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.  It is not necessary for all members of the household to be tested – just the person with symptoms.  Stay at home and do not have visitors until the test result is returned – only leave the home to have a test.  Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result. 


Please inform our school immediately if you or anyone you live with has coronavirus symptoms. 


If your child is asked to self-isolate, they will be able to access remote teaching via Google Meets unless in they are in our Early Years. We are working on getting all email addresses to Class 1 and Y1. Many thanks for your support on this vitally important issue.


Yours sincerely

Mrs L J Machin