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Covid-19 Symptoms, Testing and Isolation

Important Reminders on Covid-19 Symptoms, Testing and Isolation

Thank you to all parents/carers for continuing to support twice-weekly LFD home testing. A reminder that LFD home testing is for people without COVID-19 symptoms .  When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms (a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell), or has a positive test, s/he must not come into the school, and must not attend for at least 10 days from the day after:

  • the start of their symptoms or
  • the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive LFD or PCR test (if an LFD test is taken first, and a PCR test is then taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the pupil can return to school)

Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate, but you may leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm.  More information can be found on NHS Test and Trace.

If anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, schools must:

  • send the individual home to begin isolation - the isolation period includes the day the symptoms started and the next 10 full days
  • advise them to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection advise them to arrange to have a test as soon as possible to see if they have COVID-19 

Other members of the household (including any siblings and members of their support or childcare bubble if they have one) should also self-isolate. Their isolation period includes the day symptoms started for the first person in their household, or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was LFD or PCR test, and the next 10 full days.  Anyone who gets a positive result from an LFD result must self-isolate immediately, as must other members of their household, while they get a confirmatory PCR test.

If a member of the household starts to display symptoms while self-isolating they will need to restart the 10-day isolation period and book a test.

If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms, but develops symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.

At this time, we still advise parents/carers to keep their child/ren at home if they are feeling unwell with any other (non-Covid listed) symptoms, however mild.