SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
To help control Covid-19 within the St John's community, it is important that everyone is vigilant, aware of symptoms and follows the guidelines if their child is ill.
Many of the symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to other common childhood illnesses. It is therefore important that everyone is aware of the symptoms and refers to the NHS guidance if their child is poorly.
Please do not sent your child into school if they have symptoms. Keep them at home. They should self- isolate, and try to get a test. Keep the school updated of any test result either by phone or by emailing the school office - firstname.lastname@example.org
For advice on when to isolate - click here
For information about how long to isolate for - click here
What the results mean - click here
CHILDREN AS CLOSE CONTACTS
Children who are close contacts under the age of 18 years will no longer be required to self-isolate. They (as close contacts) will be advised by the NHS Test and Trace Service that they are a close contact of a positive case, and encouraged to get a PCR test, but can still come to school. If they refuse to get a PCR test, they can still come to school (unless they develop symptoms). If a test has been taken, they can be at school until the receive a positive result, at which point they must self-isolate.
CHILDREN WHO TEST POSITIVE
If any child tests positive using a LFD or PCR test, they still have to isolate. It just doesn’t close a bubble, and close-contacts under 18 years of age don’t need to isolate.
CHILDREN WHO SHOW SYMPTOMS
If a child shows symptoms at school, however mild, then parents will be contacted and the child will still be sent home. A PCR test must then be taken, and they must isolate until the result is known. Schools can refuse entry to a child who is showing symptoms if a parent insists on the child attending.
Those over 18 years of age who are double vaccinated do not have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a positive case. Again, they will be advised to get a PCR test. If they are not double-vaccinated, then they do need to self-isolate if they are considered a close contact by NHS Test and Trace. For anyone who tests positive over the age of 18, they have to isolate, irrespective of vaccination status.
LFD vs PCR Tests
Anyone (child or adult) with a positive LFD or PCR test must self-isolate. With a positive LFD test, a PCR test must then be taken. While awaiting the result, the individual should self-isolate. If the PCR is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD and comes back negative, it overrides the LFD test. If the PCR is taken after 2 days of the positive LFD, the self-isolation period must continue.
School will not be involved in contact tracing. NHS Test and Trace will manage this side of it. However, if there are multiple positive cases in the school or the local area, the school will work with PHE to make decisions about possible closure. We will have an Outbreak Management Plan in place as required. Our understanding is that this is for a significant number of cases, as opposed to just a few.
Can my child come to school?
We ask that you keep your child and any other family members off school, and try to obtain a test, if they have one of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
We appreciate that the symptoms of Covid-19 are easy to confuse with many other common childhood diseases. The BBC chart below is useful to help with this: