Government Advice:  COVID-19

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • 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

Guidance for someone with symptoms of coronavirus

1.  Isolate: as soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms

2.  Test: get a free NHS test immediately to check if you have coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access

3.  Results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, other household members no longer need to self-isolate. If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating (unless you have been contacted separately by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive).

4.  Share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers. If NHS Test and Trace contact tracers are unable to contact you for 24 hours, they may pass your case to your local authority to follow up by phone or in person.

Further details are available on this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works


If your child is sent home from school or displays any one of the above symptoms at home, they must self-isolate for at least ten days.  Anyone else in their household must self-isolate for 14 days from when your child started having the symptoms.  The only exception to this is if the child has a negative test and are feeling well.

We do appreciate that the impact of a family having to isolate is significant but it is vital that we adhere to the government guidelines.


Links below to important guidance and requirements from JMHS:

JMHS Returning to school Risk Assessment Autumn Term 2020

JMHS COVID 19 Visitor Protocol

JMHS Protocol for use of NHS Covid-19 – Test and Trace app