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Covid Test Guidance

If your child is displaying symptoms

 

If your child is displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please follow the guidelines issued by Matt Dunkley, the Corporate Director of Children, Young people and Education at KCC:

 

There is a national ‘case definition’ which identifies Covid symptoms as: 

 

  • 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

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

 

What to do if you have symptoms

 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

 

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test

 

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Anybody presenting with one of the three symptoms must isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. On receiving the test result please follow the following guidance and procedures:

 

Positive test result

 

You and anyone you live with should self-isolate immediately.

 

Please inform the school as soon as you can so that we can action the necessary precautions for the safety and wellbeing of all children, families and staff.

 

Please also note that we will need to know when symptoms were first apparent and the date of the test as this will have an impact on the route that we need to take.

 

Negative test result

 

Please inform the school as soon as you can and we look forward to welcoming your child back to school.

 

Please note the following, as per the latest NHS guidance:

 

You do not usually need to self-isolate if you get a negative result.

But you may still need to self-isolate if:

  • someone you live with has tested positive
  • your child is going into hospital – they may need to keep self-isolating until they go in, depending on the date of the visit

 

If your child still feels unwell after a negative test, they should stay at home until they're feeling better. Contact a GP if their symptoms get worse or do not go away, and please keep the school updated.

 

 

If you require any further advice please call NHS 111.

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