This letter is a reminder that under current guidance if a pupil or member of their household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms the pupil should not attend school, even if they themselves are not displaying symptoms. The symptomatic person in the household should get a test and follow the government guidance. The symptoms are a new continuous cough and/or a fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher), and/or a loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
Please see the link below for NHS guidance on symptoms:
Please see below the link for government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection:
Following a COVID-19 test being undertaken the following should be followed:
If the test is negative for pupil or household member
The pupil can return to school if they are not displaying symptoms.
If the pupil has symptoms and the test result is positive
They must self-isolate for 10days from the day the symptoms started. They can then return to school after this period if they do not continue to have any symptoms (with the exception of a cough or loss of taste/smell as these symptoms may remain after the period of being contagious has lapsed). You must inform the school of a positive test result as soon as you receive it. All members of the household must self-isolate for 14days and not have visitors to the home.
If a member of a pupil’s household has symptoms and the test result is positive for that household member.
The pupil along with the rest of their household must self-isolate for 14days from the onset of the symptoms. After this period of time the pupil can return to school unless they themselves are displaying symptoms. If the pupil is then displaying symptoms they must be tested for COVID-19 and they must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms unless they receive a negative test result. You must inform the school if a pupil is displaying symptoms.
Miss Kay Reid