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COVID-19 Guidance and Information

CHANGES TO NATIONAL SELF-ISOLATION GUIDANCE

From 16 August, people aged under 18 years and 6 months or who are fully vaccinated are no longer legally required to isolate if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Instead, such people will be advised (but not legally required) to get a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days. Regardless of age or vaccination status, anyone who develops any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (see below) must get a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until the result is available. People who get a positive PCR test must continue to isolate for 10 days as usual. 

Some likely scenarios are described below along with our advice:

What should I do if my child develops COVID-19 symptoms?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
new continuous cough and/or
fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher) or
loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


If your child develops any of these symptoms, you must arrange for them to have a PCR test as soon as possible. A PCR test can be arranged via the https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirustest website or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. Your child should self-isolate immediately and they should not attend school. Please contact the school by phone to inform them your child has COVID-19 symptoms and you are awaiting a COVID-19 test.


What should I do if my child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?

Anyone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test should self-isolate until the latest of:
• 10 days after the onset of their symptoms, or
• 10 days after their test day if they are asymptomatic
Self-isolation means your child should not go to school, attend any out of school activities or visit a friend’s house. They should not visit any public places, use public transport or go out to exercise. You should not have vistors into the home except for those providing essential care. If you receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website you should do this, you will be asked about symptoms and to identify close contacts. Please contact the school by phone and inform them your child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test. It is really important you let them know if your child has confirmed COVID-19 so they can monitor the number of children with COVID-19 across the school.

What should I do if my child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test?

If your child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test, they should self-isolate immediately and you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.
Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate whilst you await the PCR test result if they do not have symptoms and are aged under 18 years and 6 months or are fully vaccinated. However, adults who have only had one vaccination or who are not vaccinated should isolate whilst awaiting the PCR test result. 

 

What should I do if my child is unwell with signs of a virus or infection but does not have symptoms of COVID-19?

Your child should be kept home from school if they are unwell. If concerned you should seek advice from your GP or Pharmacist, they will be able to advise you how long your child should stay off school. Otherwise we would recommend keeping them off for 48 hours or until the child is symptom free, whichever is longer. We are not currently advising that preschool children get a PCR test if they do not have the three main symptoms of COVID-19.

What should I do if my child is a contact of someone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?

If your child is aged under 18 years and 6 months and does not have any symptoms of COVID19 (high temperature, or new continuous cough, or loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell) they do not have to self-isolate as a contact of COVID-19. They are advised to have a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the last 90
days. Children aged 5 and under are not advised to take a PCR test unless the confirmed case is someone in their own household.

What will happen if several children test positive for Covid-19 in the school?

If there are several children who have tested positive for covid-19 and this indicates there is an outbreak or high rates in the local area, the school will seek advice from public health. If there is the potential for further spread in the school, additional actions may be required such as testing, increased ventilation, stopping of some activities, mask wearing and enhanced cleaning. As a last resort, where these actions have not broken chains of in-school transmission, shortterm attendance restrictions, such as sending home a class or year group will be considered. If this does happen, support for home learning will be provided.

 

Nursery and primary school pupils

Nursery and primary school pupils are not expected to test. However, we are encouraging parents of primary school children to test themselves twice a week and to support this we are supplying our primary schools with additional test kits at the start of September. 

 

ACCESSING COVID-19 TESTING IN ST HELENS

Symptomatic testing and testing for close contacts PCR tests can be booked at any of the NHS sites that operate Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm on the gov.uk website

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test


PCR tests for home delivery can also be ordered by calling 119.
Symptom free testing
Test kits can be ordered on line at
https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests


Or collect a test kit
https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/symptom-free-testing/
https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

 

 

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