Coronavirus Symptoms

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, it is vital that we all remain vigilant of the coronavirus symptoms:

  • 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.

If your child or anyone has any of these symptoms (however mild) your child must not come into school you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

For more information on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

Staying Safe in School

It is important that we maintain appropriate preventative measures in our schools to help keep students and staff safe.

Children will wash their hands as soon as they arrive at school and more frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitising gel will also be available in each classroom and around school.
We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by implementing the ’catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, instructing children to use a tissue if they cough or sneeze and then dispose of it in the bin immediately after. Tissues and lidded waste bins will be made available in every classroom.
Routine cleaning of high contact points
Classrooms and offices will remain well ventilated by keeping doors and windows open wherever possible.
Schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing in the event of a positive case, therefore students will only need to isolate if advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace. There is no requirement for children under the age of 18 to self-isolate or those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell. The main symptoms 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.

If your child has any of these symptoms (however mild) your child must not come into school you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Online Safety

While in school, children’s internet usage is closely monitored and there are systems in place to prevent them from accessing anything harmful. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have appropriate filters in place at home while children are using the internet more frequently to access online resources. If you’re unsure, your Internet Service Provider will be able to provide you with information on web filtering. Below are some tips to share with children to help keep them safe while online and make sure they’re using the internet correctly:

  • Treat others how you would like to be treated. If you wouldn’t say something to someone in person, don’t say it online.
  • Make sure you’re aware of how your messages might come across to others.
  • Respect other people’s privacy.
  • Use websites you know are safe.
  • Don’t talk to anyone you don’t know, or arrange to meet them.
  • Keep an eye out for unusual pop-ups, adverts or downloads. Don’t open them if you think they aren’t trustworthy.
  • Don’t give out personal information about you, your friends or your family to anyone you don’t know.
  • Only use social networking sites that you are old enough to use – age limits are there for a reason.
  • Speak to an adult if something worries you or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Useful links

Useful documents

Home Internet Controls Guide for Parents

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support for parents and carers

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of useful information and advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • Coping with loneliness
  • 10 tips to deal with change
  • Coping with money worries and job uncertainty
  • Mental wellbeing while staying at home

The website also features a mind plan quiz. By answering five quick questions you get a free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. Get your personalised Mind Plan here: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/

Useful links

Families Under Pressure: maudsleycharity.org/familiesunderpressure/

How to boost positivity for your family at home: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zykkvwx

Six self-care tips for parents: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdp93j6

BBC Bitesize Parents’ Toolkit: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znsmxyc

Supporting children’s mental health

The Every Mind Matters website also has advice for parents and carers about looking after children’s mental health. For more information, please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health/

If you’re worried about how your child is coping, there is lots of help, advice and support available:

Young Minds offers advice about mental health in children and young people. You can call the helpline on 0808 802 5544 or visit the website: youngminds.org.uk

Shout provides free, confidential support with trained crisis volunteers via text, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Text SHOUT to 85258.

Childline offers a confidential telephone counselling service, allowing your child to speak to someone anonymously, They can:

Useful links

The School Wellbeing Service
The school wellbeing service has lots of useful links and resources and App’s for support. These include support for young people with emotional and mental health needs. The websites also has some links to very useful parenting support and parenting courses.

Kooth
Kooth is a digital free, safe, confidential, and non-stigmatised way for young people aged 11 to 18 years to receive counselling, advice and support on-line. Kooth delivers 1000’s of counselling sessions each year in Local Authorities across the UK. Available weekdays 12pm until 10pm and weekends 6pm-10pm, 365 days per year, it provides a much needed out of hours’ service for advice and help.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust teach people how to look after their mental health. They use a practical, positive and proven approach. They publish free resources for professionals, parents, young people and others interested in mental and emotional wellbeing.

Recovery College
Recovery College is a useful online resource with general advice, support, and strategies for a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Sleep Council
The sleep council has information on sleep hygiene. It provides information on sleep patterns and how to get a better night’s sleep.

York Mind
York Mind’s Young People Project is offering services to young people aged between 11 – 21 years old. These include a Telephone Drop-In and a Telephone Mentoring Service.