Informing School about COVID-19 symptoms
The most important and common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if your child has any of the symptoms above, even if the symptoms are mild, they must stay at home and arrange to have a test
Positive Covid Cases From Monday 17 Jan 2022
- If your child tests positive for covid 19 they will need to self-isolate for 10 days. They may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.
- The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and your child does not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school.
- Please inform school if your child has a day 5 and day 6 negative result and is returning to school before the end of the 10 day isolation.
- Day 5 and Day 6 LFD test results should be reported online.
- All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating.
- Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible pupils should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to their setting. Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- If they test negative, they can continue to attend school that day. If they test positive, they must report this on the online reporting system and self-isolate.
- From Tuesday 11th January a positive LFD test does not need to be confirmed with a PCR test, this is now taken as confirmation of a positive covid result. Self-isolation guidance as detailed below must be followed.
- Please inform school as soon as possible of a positive LFD result and report online.