Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/08/2020. Tags: 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
They can continue to go to school or childcare if these are the only symptoms they have.
View full guidelines here