Covid-19 School Information

Know the Symptoms of Covid-19

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it is important to know and recognise the symptoms of coronavirus (which includes the DELTA variant).

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above).
  • a new cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
  • loss or change in 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
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and Pains

Other uncommon symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • runny or stuffy noses
  • feeling sick or vomiting
  • diarrhoea

Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show. They can be similar to symptoms of cold and flu.

If you or your child have any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your family doctor straight away to see if you need a free COVID-19 test. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

Getting an early diagnosis means, you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it.

For the complete list of symptoms, please refer to the HSE Website. Symptoms may be subject to change so regular review of the HSE Website is advised. If you do not have symptoms, you can get a free COVID-19 (coronavirus) test at a COVID-19 walk-in test centre.

Coronavirus Checklist

It is important to stay vigilant at this time to reduce the likelihood of transmitting coronavirus within the school. If the answer is Yes to any of the below questions, you must seek medical advice before you or your child enter the school.

  1. Do you or your child have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature (38 degrees C or above), difficulty breathing, loss or change in your sense of smell or taste, fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches, runny or stuffy nose, feeling sick or vomiting, diarrhea now or in the past 14 days?
  2. Have you or your child been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?
  3. Are you or your child awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test?
  4. In the past 14 days, have you or your child been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?
  5. Have you or anyone in your household been advised to self-isolate at this time?
  6. Have you or anyone in your household been advised to restrict your movements at this time?
  7. Have you or your child been categorised as ‘Very High Risk’ or ‘High Risk’ by the Occupational Health Service (OHS)?

Isolation information for children aged 3-13 years old

Isolation information for adults and children over 13

Department of Education Covid 19 Information Covid 19 guidance for schools

Health Protection Surveilance Centre Guidance for Schools

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