What to do if I suspect (or know) my child has Covid-19?
If your child has any of the following Covid symptoms they should self-isolate:
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 they have any of these symptoms, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have coronavirus. They should stay at home until they get the result, even if the symptoms are mild. You can book a PCR test here.
If your child has other symptoms then those above, or has no symptoms, but has tested positive on a Rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) you do not need to get a PCR test to confirm the result. Your child must isolate for 10 full days. However, people self-isolating have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature. For more details about this new guidance please click here.
You must inform the school without delay if your child has tested positive for Covid-19 (confirmed with either a PCR test or LFT) by completing this form.
If you think your child may have Covid-19 or has Covid-19 symptoms please report this through the absence line in the normal way on 01442 871 231 and press 1. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state the following:
- Your child's name
- Your child's class
- Their symptoms & when they started.