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Guidance on when to keep the kids home


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2020. Guidance on when to keep the kids homeTags: Parenting


The HSE and the Department of Health has released advice to parents about when children can attend school and when the should remain at home.

The advice is for children up to the end of primary school. Teenagers should follow the advice for adults. Below are some of the main points from the guidelines. The full guidelines can be viewed here


When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus - a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus

    You will need to:
  • isolate your child - this means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other people, as much as possible. You can read more on self-isolation here.
  • phone your GP - they will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test
  • everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school, childcare or work.
  • Treat your child at home for their symptoms.

    Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

    Follow the advice on what to do if your child:
  • is given another diagnosis by your GP
  • is not tested and is also not given another diagnosis from your GP
  • tests positive for coronavirus
  • tests negative for coronavirus

    When it’s okay to send your child to school or childcare

    It's usually okay to send your child to school or childcare if they:
  • only have nasal symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sneeze
  • do not have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more (as long as their temperature has not been lowered by taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • do not have a cough
  • have not been in close contact with anyone who has coronavirus
  • do not live with anyone who is unwell and may have coronavirus
  • have been told by a GP that their illness is caused by something else, that is not coronavirus. Your GP will tell you when they can return to school or childcare.
  • have got a negative ('not detected') coronavirus test result and have not had symptoms for 48 hours

    Runny nose or sneezing

    You do not need to restrict your child's movements if the only symptoms they have are:
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
    They can continue to go to school or childcare if these are the only symptoms they have.

    View full guidelines here



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