Home Testing Information
It is imperative that anyone displaying the three main symptoms isolate immediately and seeks a PCR test at a test centre by calling 119 or visiting the following website, https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test. Any students displaying these symptoms in school will be sent home and required to isolate until the outcome of the test is known. The symptoms are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- 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
Students are required to test twice per week (Monday and Thursday morning) using a lateral flow device at home, at least until the end of September. If they test positive, they are required to isolate immediately and seek a confirmatory PCR test. Please inform school of any positive tests from lateral flow devices at your earliest convenience. Please call our attendance team in school or out of hours email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should we have any positive cases in school, it is now up to NHS Track and Trace to identify and inform close contacts and advise them of the actions to take. It is likely that close contacts who are under 18 or adults who are double vaccinated will be advised to take a precautionary PCR test but will not have to isolate under the current government guidance. The school will support NHS Track and Trace with this process as required.
Please find all publications and policy amendments relating to Covid-19.