Corona Virus Information
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If your child develops any of these symptoms, they must not attend School. All household members should also self-isolate until your child receives a negative result or until the 10 days’ isolation has been completed. If your child develops such symptoms, please do not assume that this is “normal” or “typical” and then send them to School. The only way to determine this is by having your child tested so please err on the side of caution. Parents will be called to collect children displaying any of these symptoms, unless they have already been tested.
A child who tests positive should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms started (or from the date of the test, if there were no symptoms). Anyone he / she lives with must self-isolate for 10 days from when he / she started self-isolating.
Once your child has completed their period of self-isolation, they may return to School if they feel well, unless they continue to have a high temperature. It is likely that they will still have a cough and their sense of taste and smell may still be affected but they should no longer be infectious.
If at any point, your child’s symptoms get worse, please call 111.
As soon as symptoms develop, parents should arrange to have a test for their child / family member at a local test site to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). If you do not have internet access, this can be done by contacting NHS119 via telephone. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should also self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms or until a negative test result is received.
A number of parents have contacted us about what they should do if their child develops a cough that they do not feel is Covid-related. The current guidance is that if your child’s cough meets the description – a new continuous cough - coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) – it should be treated as Covid-related until proven otherwise (i.e. by way of a test). If you choose not to have your child tested, he / she must self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household must self-isolate for 10 days from the date when the symptoms were first noticed, even if they are no longer showing symptoms. Your child will not be allowed to return to School until this time has passed.
Asymptomatic testing information for parents of School age children
For a number of weeks now, the staff in School have been undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, using lateral flow tests. With one in three people who have coronavirus being asymptomatic, this helps to reduce transmission of the virus. This regular testing, which is self-administered at home, is now being made available to parents of children of Primary School age (and below).
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus.
Test kits are fast, easy and completely free and can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below.
There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
2 packs of 7 tests
through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you want to collect a test kit from a local test site, you do not need to make an appointment. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go.
Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. To find your nearest home test kit collection point, please use the link below:
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates.
Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.