The Wavell School

The Wavell School Specialist Technology College

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Feeling Unwell Procedure

It can be difficult to know whether or not to send your child to school when they are unwell especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic. 

If your child is feeling unwell please use the flowchart below to help you decide whether they should attend school or not. It is fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold but we advise them to wear a mask throughout the day.

Further specific guidelines, information and advice as to when a child should be kept at home can also be found on the NHS website 




Call or email us immediately if your child or someone in your household has symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are*:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature but if you do, a high temperature will read above 38ºC)
  • 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

Visit NHS 111 for an online symptom checker if you are still unsure

If your child falls ill whilst at school with coronavirus symptoms we will call you to collect them and any siblings immediately and you are then advised to follow government guidelines,

  • Anyone displaying symptoms should self-isolate for at least 10 days and get a test.
  • ALL members of the household should self-isolate for 10 days or until a test result shows as negative.

Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

 NHS Test and Trace - information for parents to help decide whether a test is required

Positive Test Results:

If you need to report a positive test result please follow the procedure below:

a. Send in the following information to including at weekends and in the evenings.

- name of person who tested positive

- relationship to the Wavell student (if not the student)

- if the person is displaying symptoms - the date the symptoms started

b. Please do not contact any parents about the matter, as we as a school have to work directly with the Department of Education (DfE) COVID-19 team about the steps we need to take. It is the DfE and Public Health England (PHE) and the school’s joint decision as to what needs to happen. There is a rigorous procedure to follow and I need to control and manage levels of concern by controlling appropriate communications to the right people at the right time.

Negative Test Results:

If your child or a member of your household has received a negative test, please ensure you inform us of this so that we know to expect your child back in school.