Message to parents: Covid and autumnal colds

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Monday 14th September 2020  

 

Dear Parents and Carers 

I hope that you and your families are well.  We have really enjoyed welcoming the girls back to school, and the start of term has gone smoothly.  

I wanted to write to you all to remind you all about the coronavirus symptoms, and how the coronavirus differs from a common cold.   

The NHS website describes the coronavirus main symptoms as:  

  • 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  

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If your daughter has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus they will need to be tested as soon as possible, and will need to stay at home until their test result comes through.  

At this time of year it is quite normal for people to get a cold, which the NHS website describes as:  

  • a blocked or runny nose  
  • a sore throat  
  • headaches  
  • muscle aches  
  • coughs  
  • sneezing  
  • a raised temperature  
  • pressure in your ears and face  
  • loss of taste and smell  

If you think your daughter has a cold, and she does not have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, please send her to school. I am keen to ensure that all girls attend school as much as possible to enable them to make progress, and this is particularly true after a prolonged absence from school.

I would be happy to discuss the matter with you, and if you have any questions regarding this matter please do get in touch with me.  

Kind regards 
Mrs Wild 
Sarah Wild
Headteacher

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