All students have the opportunity to take asymptomatic lateral flow tests at home twice a week, these tests are for those who are not displaying any symptoms of Covid 19. If your child has any Covid 19 symptoms (see below) you should ensure they isolate and get a PCR test as soon as possible. Each lateral flow test pack (available at Reception) contains enough equipment to perform 7 individual lateral flow tests and it is our expectation that these are done every Sunday and Wednesday evening. The kit also explains detailed instructions on how to perform the test and further guidance can be found online here. https://vimeo.com/488070624/140d228f27
We will also be very happy to work with families individually to provide further training if required.
Details on how to report the test results are also included in the test packs, and please, for the purposes of track and trace in school, can you inform the school immediately by email if your child tests positive.
A negative result allows your child to return to school but if your child tests positive or has any symptoms of Covid 19 you must, at your earliest convenience book in for them to have a PCR test at a local testing centre. And everyone in the household should follow current government isolation and testing guidance.
It is vitally important for the safety or all our students and staff that we all compete these tests twice a week. Only by regular testing can we avoid bringing the Covid 19 virus into our school.
Please contact us if you have any issues with home testing your children and we will do all we can to help.
(The information below has been provided by the NHS and Public Health England.)
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – taken with a thermometer reading above 38◦
- 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 to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal
Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs e.g. runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any of the symptoms listed above then they can still go to school.
What to do if your child has the above symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible – please be aware that you cannot under any circumstances get a test through your GP surgery so please do not ring for this purpose alone. You can ONLY get a test through ‘NHS 111 online’ or by ringing 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Please only order a test for the person in your household who has symptoms. These tests are NOT for individuals who do not have symptoms.
Everyone in the household should follow current government isolation and testing guidance.
What you can do to decide if your child needs to see a GP?
If you are worried about your child please click on the link below to an excellent website called ‘Healthier Together’ where there is lots of very useful information about managing illness in children:
There is also a page dedicated to COVID-19 in children. It is important to remember that COVID-19 appears to generally cause only mild illness in children. About 1 in every 100 cases diagnosed in the UK have been in children and infection is generally far milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case.
What happens if my child is taken ill at school and shows coronavirus symptoms?
We will inform you immediately and you must book a PCR test.