It is a question currently being asked by parents across Teesside.
Schools have put in a range of safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
However, some people are still unsure whether they should keep their children off or send them to class with a minor illness.
Below, we have summarised advice from the Government and NHS:
How can I tell if my child just has a cold or if it might be coronavirus?
The Department for Education recommends you get a test if your child develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell
What if my child has a minor cough?
Coughs can indeed be mild and children often get them.
The NHS says it’s fine to send your child to school with a minor cough.
A new and continuous cough could be a symptom of coronavirus.
If your young one is coughing a lot for more than an hour or has three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, then it may be best to keep them off school and request a test.
What if my child has a cold?
The NHS advises that if a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school.
Common cold symptoms such as sore throats, blocked or runny noses are currently not recognised symptoms of coronavirus.
If your child is feeling unwell with different symptoms than those of coronavirus, you should treat those as you normally would. More advice can be found on this NHS website.
The Department for Education says: “As in any year, as schools go back, children may pick up common colds or feel unwell with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache.
“These children may need to stay off school and parents/carers should call their GP or dial 111 to seek medical advice if they are concerned about their child’s health.”
What about fevers?
If your child has a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes away.
A high temperature – where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back – could be coronavirus.
What should I do if my child has coronavirus symptoms?
If they have any of the main symptoms listed above:
- Get a test to check if it is coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Keep your child at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
What should I do if I am worried about my child’s symptoms?
If you are unsure about how serious your child’s symptoms could be and you don’t know what to do, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service here.