COVID - 19

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The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) to look out for:

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) – this means that cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your son/daughter has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Do not come into school and arrange a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible 

(www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) or by calling 119.

Refer to the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (updated 11 January 2022)

What to do if your son/daughter has received a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result?

Do not come into school, stay home and self isolate immediately. 

Refer to the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (updated 11 January 2022)

This guidance has been updated to reflect changes in advice for people who have received a positive lateral flow device (LFD) result. They are no-longer required to have a follow-up polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test, and they should stay at home and self isolate immediately.

People who have a positive LFD test result should only have a follow-up PCR test if:

  • they wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • they have a health condition that means they may be suitable for new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments
  • they are taking LFD tests as part of research or surveillance programmes and the programme asks them to do so
  • they have a positive day 2 LFD test after arriving in England

What to do if your son/daughter is a close contact of someone found positive of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Refer to the Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (updated 11 January 2022)

This guidance has been updated to reflect changes in advice for people who have received a positive lateral flow device (LFD) result. They are no-longer required to have a follow-up polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test, and they should stay at home and self isolate immediately.

People who have a positive LFD test result should only have a follow-up PCR test if:

  • they wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • they have a health condition that means they may be suitable for new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments
  • they are taking LFD tests as part of research or surveillance programmes and the programme asks them to do so

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done to support.

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