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REPORTING COVID TEST RESULTS

Click here to report your child's symptoms or Covid 19 test results to the school.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Other symptoms linked with COVID-19 include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April 2022

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests (Lateral flow and PCR) will no longer be available from 1st April 2022.

Some free testing will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, but does not include school staff or pupils in school settings. 

Updated guidance advises:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
  • children and young people who are unwell (with any of the Covid symptoms listed above) and/or have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If possible, you can still take a lateral flow or a PCR test (but you may have to pay for the test) to rule out Covid 19. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.

The update from the DfE today states that 'the population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.'

Guidance for education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
  • the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance similar to advice that is set out above. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.UK on Friday 1 April. 

Thank you for your support in following this guidance.