A concerned mum has spoken out after claiming that she was told ‘to bring her child into school with some paracetamol’ after presenting Covid symptoms.
Amanda Jukes, of Blidworth, raised concerns over policy at Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth near Mansfield after her 7-year-old has presented Covid symptoms on Monday (September 27).
The 40-year-old said her daughter “was hot, had runny nose and was coughing” before she was taken for a PCR test the following day.
When she informed the school about her daughter’s absence, she claimed that a member a staff told her that the child could return to class after her test.
According to the latest government guideline, anyone who has Covid symptoms, including those aged under 18, should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible and has to isolate immediately.
They should not leave isolation until they have received a negative result for their PCR test.
Amanda said: “We all want to go to work, we all want to get children to school, but when your child has Covid symptoms you need to take precautions.
“I understand that we are entering the flu season, but they need to take a PCR test just to make sure it is not Covid.
“The children should stay at home until that PCR test results come negative.
“I was very concerned when they told me to bring her in after she just had her PCR test because I thought – what if the results come back positive and she will spread it to all her classmates?
“It just sounds absurd to me.”
Amanda has also claimed that she made it clear to the staff that her daughter had Covid symptoms.
She added: “They told me to bring in some paracetamol for her symptoms.
“I think it is very dangerous.
“She had the test on Tuesday morning at 10am, the results came back negative the next day at 6am.
“But it is better to be cautious in my opinion.
“I feel like this is like a ticking bomb.
“I get it, I want my normal life back, and I also want to get through this winter in one piece.
“And if the school are not doing what they can, then it is not acceptable.
“I just think it is better to be safe than sorry.”
A spokesperson for the Joseph Whitaker School said: “Parents should be reassured that as a school we are following the latest Government guidance.”
It is understood that the school has apologised to the family for the information given and has issued a reassurance that discussions have taken place with staff regarding protocols surrounding PCR tests.
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