Covid-19 Information

Covid testing with any of the three main symptoms present (NO CHANGES)

If your child, or anyone in your household, has one of the three main symptoms:

a high temperature

a new and continuous cough

a loss or change in sense of taste and/or smell

You must book a PCR test via the national booking portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 and selecting that you have COVID-19 symptoms when prompted. 

If your child begins to present with these three symptoms whilst at school, we will contact you and ask you to collect them and any siblings.  You must all isolate until a negative result is received.

Please note, Lateral Flow home testing must not be carried out on primary age children, you must book a PCR test if your child displays any of the symptoms above.

If the test is positive, then the household must continue to isolate for ten days.  In addition to isolating, all close contacts of the positive case must take a PCR test.  If you live with a person who has tested positive, you should book your test for 3 to 5 days after their symptoms started. If you do not live with the person, you should book your test for 3 to 5 days after the day you last spent time with them. If you can’t book your test within 5 days, book it as soon as possible.  If you are a close contact, but you have already tested positive in the past 90 days, you should not get tested but still complete the full 10-day self-isolation period.  Taking the test is not an alternative to self isolating, you will still need to isolate for the full ten days even if your test is negative.

 

Covid testing with any of the wider symptoms present (UPDATED)

If your child, or anyone in your household, has one of the wider symptoms:

shortness of breath

muscle or body aches

fatigue

sore throat

headache

nasal congestion or runny nose – even where hay fever or other allergies are suspected

diarrhoea

nausea or vomiting

(for cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, the usual 48 hour rule still applies)

If your child begins to present with these symptoms at school, we will call you to inform you - your child will not be sent home from school and the family does not need to isolate.  However, you are strongly advised to book a PCR test for after school via the national booking portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119, please follow the guidance attached.

Please note, Lateral Flow home testing must not be carried out on primary age children, you should book a PCR test if your child displays any of the symptoms above.

If the test is positive, your household must isolate for ten days.  In addition to isolating, all close contacts of the positive case must take a PCR test.  If you live with a person who has tested positive, you should book your test for 3 to 5 days after their symptoms started. If you do not live with the person, you should book your test for 3 to 5 days after the day you last spent time with them. If you can’t book your test within 5 days, book it as soon as possible.  If you are a close contact, but you have already tested positive in the past 90 days, you should not get tested but still complete the full 10-day self-isolation period.  Taking the test is not an alternative to self isolating, you will still need to isolate for the full ten days even if your test is negative.

We would be grateful if you could continue to advise school of all PCR tests taken and the results.

Please note Public Health England have advised that, as restrictions lift, these rules may be regularly updated as case numbers change.  Please ensure that you keep a regular eye on your emails for updates.

 

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