Current information for parents

Children or adults should seek a PCR test as soon as possible if they display any of the 3 main symptoms.
NHS listed symptoms are at least one of:
  • high temperature
  • new continuous cough
  • loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
From 11/01/2022, if you are asymptomatic and test positive on a routine LFD test, you do not have to seek a confirmatory PCR test.
An LFD test should not be used in place of a PCR test if you are symptomatic.
The self-isolation period is now a minimum of 5 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. This means that, in the event of a positive test result for COVID-19 you should self-isolate for at least 5 full days. 
To calculate the period of self-isolation, count as day 1
  • the first day following the onset of symptoms, or
  • the day after the test was taken if you/ they were not symptomatic first
Individuals may now take LFD tests on the morning of day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and resume normal activity/ return to school from day 6.
 
For those who are unable to take LFD tests, day 11 is then the day that you/ they can resume normal activity/ return to school.
 
From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – are strongly advised take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. These results should be reported every day to school and at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Details of how to report to school have been sent to families in a letter on 14/12/2021 (see below).
 
Adults who are identified as close contacts but who are not fully vaccinated should self-isolate for 10 days as outlined above.
 
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the advice set out above.
 
 
CONTACTING SCHOOL, REPORTING ABSENCES, ORDERING & REPORTING TEST RESULTS
  • To report any school absence: Call 01943 462349 and leave a message (option 1). Do not email about absences as these messages may not be picked up in time.
  • To order a COVID-19 test: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119 if you have no internet access. If you are unable to access a test, call school on 01943 462349.
  • To report a COVID-19 test result, call the school office on 01943 462349. If the office is closed, leave a message, including the following information: child’s name, when they became symptomatic (if applicable), the date they took their test, the date you received the results and the date you expect them to return to school. Alternatively, you may email info@westgateprimary.co.uk with all of these details.
TRAVEL FROM ABROAD
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