The Weatheralls Primary School

COVID-19 Information for Parents/Carers

The recognised symptoms of COVID-19 in children has recently been updated and can now include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

If your child has symptoms they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have any of the above symptoms and they have either:

  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to school, or do their normal activities

They can go back to school when they feel better and do not have a high temperature.

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower.

Children can continue to attend school as normal if someone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19.

For information about how to reduce the spread of infection with the people you live with if there is COVID-19 in the household, please click here.

Parents & Carers                     

Health and Wellbeing 

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important if you are staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It's important to remember that it's OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you're helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you're staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

The government also has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of coronavirus.

Links to useful websites

Every Mind Matters Staying at Home Tips - the tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. 

Be well in Cambridgeshire- A website with various links to health and wellbeing.

Cambridgeshire School Nursing - You can contact them on 0300 029 5050. The School Nursing Service provides confidential advice and support to all children, young people, and their carers in a variety of settings. Every School has access to a named practitioner within the school nurse team who work in partnership with children, parents, carers, health professionals and teachers, promote and maintain good health of all school children, support a child’s specific health needs, enable all school children to reach their full potential.

Activities Online - A collection of online resources to inspire you with things to do at home and outside, including activities, events, gigs and groups.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families - Resources and advice for parents to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on children's mental health.

Talking to children about coronavirus

Children worry when they are kept in the dark. Below are some tips on how to talk to them, and some resources you can look at together.  Don't forget to also visit our Support for pupils for stories and links to resources about coronavirus.