Sources of reliable information
- HSE advice/updates on Covid 19
- Frequently asked questions (hpsc.ie)
- Self Isolation at home
- Updates from Irish Government
- Dept of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice
- Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
COVID and school going children
The HSE has shared more detailed guidelines on what criteria determine whether a child is well enough to go to school. A ‘new cough’ is grounds for parents to keep kids at home whereas a ‘runny nose’ is usually fine.
The guidelines specify four cases in which children should not be sent to school.
- A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
- Any other common symptoms of COVID-19 such as a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
- Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- Been living with someone who is unwell and may have COVID-1
If a child falls under any of these, parents are advised to isolate your child. ‘This means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other people as much as possible. ‘Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.’ Parents should phone their GP and we will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test’.
Parents are told children are ‘usually OK’ to be sent to school in the following situations:
- Only has nasal symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sneeze
- Does not have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more (as long as their temperature has not been lowered by taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen)
- Does not have a cough
- Have not been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19
- Do not live with anyone who is unwell and may have COVID-19
- Have been told by a GP that their illness is caused by something else that is not COVID-19. Your GP will tell you when they can return to school or childcare
- Have got a negative (‘not detective’) COVID-19 test result and have not had symptoms for 48 hours
Generally, a child who is feeling unwell should stay at home for 48 hours until after the symptoms settle.
You do not need a form from your doctor to send your child back to school. It is recommended to use the HSE parental declaration form available to download here
Specific Covid-19 queries
- While you are waiting for us to contact you, please self-isolate at home to help slow the spread of the virus.
- Many questions can be answered using the reliable information links at the top of this page
- If you are concerned that you may be suffering from Covid-19 or that you need testing, phone the surgery. Please understand that our phone lines may have exceptionally busy periods. Our receptionist will take your details and a doctor or nurse will ring you back
- If you meet the current criteria for Covid-19 testing as outlined by Health Protection Surveillance Centre Guidelines, we will submit an electronic referral to request Covid-19 testing to the National Ambulance Service (NAS) or to the COVID testing centre.
- NAS or the testing centre will contact you directly by text, to arrange the test and give further information.
- If your symptoms worsen whilst you are awaiting testing, please telephone us so we can further evaluate your status.
- You will receive your results by text or phone call from the HSPC, not from your GP.
- Please do not come into the practice as you risk passing on the infection to other patients and our staff.
- If your GP had referred you for testing due to COVID like symptoms, but your test result returns as “not detected” you may return to work 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved.
- If you have been tested as part of a “close contact case” and your test results are “not detected” you must still complete the 14 days of restricted movements.