Coronavirus in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high 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 sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Please note: the current advice is that some children are complaining of fatigue and headache.
Please follow this link to a letter to parents from PHE on Test & Trace
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your 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 follow the latest guidance from the government if your household has possible or confirmed coronavirus
Support for Service Children
Our Pastoral Lead supports the needs of our Service Children during times of deployment, separation due to unaccompanied postings and transition. Please contact Mrs Cheedy directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the School Office.
If the school is unable to open or staff and children's safety is compromised by dangerous roads we will make the decision to close the school. We will notify you via ParentPay by 7.30am that day. We will also update the following:
- School website under 'latest news' on the homepage.
- Inform local radio stations (BBC Radio Oxford, Heart FM and Jack FM)
- Update the Oxfordshire County Council website.
Covid-19 and Free School Meals
If your situation has changed due to the Covid-19 crisis, you may be able to apply for free school meals. Please contact the school office for further details and an application form. They will help you make the process easy.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Over the course of last year, the office staff were spending a great deal of time at the beginning and end of the school day dealing with pupils and their phones. There should be no need for children to bring their phones to school unless by prior authorisation of the Headteacher, in exceptional circumstances.
However, we are aware that a number of our Year 6 pupils do walk to and from school unaccompanied and if parents wish them to have a phone with them for safety, can you please notify their class teacher. We have purchased some secure safe boxes for storage in their mobile year 6 classrooms.