COVID UPDATE: Can we please kindly ask that when you are reporting a child's absence that you give a clear description of their reason for absence.
Any child reported absent with any of the 3 main symptoms of Covid are required to get a PCR Covid test. This can be booked through the NHS or at some local walk in centres. Please note this is required for all persons with Covid symptoms even if they have a negative lateral flow test and the whole family is to isolate.
THE THREE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 ARE AS FOLLOWS:
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
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A PCR TEST?
If you currently have symptoms that may indicate Covid 19, this is the test you should have to diagnose the infection.
If a lateral flow tests positive ,the purpose of the PCR test is to confirm the diagnosis, since it is more accurate than a lateral flow test.
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A LATERAL FLOW TEST?
You should only have a lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms in order to pick up asymptomatic cases.
If you are reporting your child absent due to Covid related reasons please give full details of the reason for self isolating- e.g due to being contacted by track and trace, or a family member having symptoms.
Your child should not be isolating unless it is for the reasons above or you have been advised to by a medical professional.