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Southover CE Primary School



With the start of the new term and the fact that children have not been socialising/mixing before coming back to school, it is inevitable that the common cold will be in circulation and possibly more prevalent. They should come to school if they are well enough to do so but please keep them off school if their symptoms are such that they are unwell with it or are sneezing excessively.

Parents/carers are must not send their child to school if: 

  • they are showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • someone in their household is showing 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 although this can be useful)
  •  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 1 of these symptoms.

Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms. Inform the school of the results immediately – use if out of school hours.

If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.


As always, please telephone/email the office if your child is off school and provide the reason. For an absence, there is an answer phone for you to leave messages outside office hours.