Guidance for households with symptoms
From 19 July, as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.
Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households.
If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in our school, or our school is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that some control measures need to be temporarily reintroduced.
Symptoms and testing:
Positive rapid lateral flow test results
Anyone with a positive test result will need to:
- self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance
- book a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within the 2 days following the positive LFD result, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and your child can return to school, as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test
Do not send your child to school if:
- they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- they have had a positive test result
- there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine
You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a child shows symptoms at school?
What happens if someone in school tests positive for the virus?
If there are a significant number of confirmed cases, PHE and our Public Health team will work with the school to agree the best course of action.
What if my child is told to isolate?
If your child is self-isolating as a positive Covid-19 case but is well enough to access online learning, then we will establish remote learning for them.
What if I, my child or someone else in our household develops symptoms?
The main symptoms are:
We can all help to slow the spread of Coronavirus
Follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
Please click here to access a NHS video - The video shows the most effective way of washing your hands
Coronavirus - what you need to know! - Click here to access an informative blog form Public Health England
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Information from Swindon Borough Council
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