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FOI 2023 12 - Covid-19 Absence Trigger


Information Requested:

In its 'back to school' advice this calendar year, aimed at parents, why has PHW chosen the symptom of Covid-19 of a fever as the trigger to keeping children away from school?
Please let me know preferably by PDF if you are using an attachment.


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your recent request dated 20th January 2023.
I attach a PDF copy of the press release from 6th January 2023. It was intended to raise parental awareness about a range of infections that were circulating amongst school-aged children at the time, all of which can cause a fever, including Covid-19. The presence of a fever in an ill child suggests the child may be infectious and it is therefore a prudent public health measure to keep them away from school until they have recovered and the fever has subsided, regardless of the suspected cause of their illness. This was one of a number of interventions covered in the press release that would aid a safe return of children to schools in Wales.

Press Release Back to School Winter Illnesses PDF 

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