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Absence due to sickness

Contacting Alumwell Junior School


Now that we are back the winter will pose challenges for determining what symptoms of Coronavirus are and what are symptoms of Winter flu or a general cold.

What happens if my child is unwell?


Where a child has mild cold symptoms, they should continue to attend school.
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 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. 

If your child presents with one or more of these symptoms they must not attend school and should remain at home. In the case of siblings, these should also remain at home until the results of the test are known. We urge all parents to access a test done as quickly as possible and to inform the school of the results.


Here is a link to guidance about when to self-isolate and who should self-isolate:


What happens if there is a case of COVID-19? 

We will work with our local Public Health Office and be guided in our response by them. 


Will my child's attendance be affected if they have to self-isolate? 

No, children who are forced to self-isolate are marked differently on our registration and their attendance will not be affected. This will apply until the point when a student receives a negative test result and can return to school or they end their period of 10 or 14 day self- isolation. 


How do I report a school absence?

The school absence line will be open from 8:00 am each morning, as usual, for you to leave a recorded message (01922 721391 Option 1).  If you prefer to speak to a member of staff then please call the school office from 8:30 am

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