COVID 19 Guidance
Last updated 1st September 2021
What are the symptoms of COVID 19?
- 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 you have any of these symtoms you must book a PCR test.
Where can I book a PCR test?
Where can I order Lateral Flow Tests?
The test for people without symptoms of COVID-19 is called a rapid lateral flow test.
What do I have to do if I'm identified as a close contact
Close contacts of confirmed cases of Coronavirus
From 14th December 2021, the Government has changed the rules regarding anyone identified as a close contact of a confirmed, positive Coronavirus case. These rules apply to close contacts of both the Delta and Omicron variants.
Any child (aged between five and 18 years and six months) who is identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a COVID-19 case does not need to self-isolate.
Instead, they should continue to attend their school, but are strongly encouraged to take daily Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests for seven days. If your child tests positive on an LFD test, they child should isolate immediately, and you should book a PCR test for them online: PCR Test Booking. Children awaiting a PCR test result should not attend school.
Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
If your child is currently in isolation having been identified as a close contact, they can come out of isolation but are strongly advised to take LFD tests for the remaining period of the original isolation.
When do I need to isolate?
Children with Coronavirus symptoms
If your child has COVID-19 symptoms/ or has a positive LFT result it remains the case that they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately until PCR test results are known. They should take a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate.
Individuals may be released from self-isolation early if they have no Covid or cold-like symptoms AND have returned a negative Lateral Flow Test result on Day 6 and Day 7 with those tests being taken at least 24 hours apart. They would be able to return to school/work on Day 8 (Day 1 being the day after symptoms started, or the day after a positive test if they were asymptomatic). The Government guidance does, however, also strongly advise people who do return before Day 10 to limit close contact with others in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces. If you are in any doubt, we would recommend seeking advice from the NHS.
Anyone who is unable to take LFTs will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.