Below is information for parents on how they can access lateral flow testing.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- 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.
- You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you're worried about your symptoms
- you're not sure what to do
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
COVID CONTACT AT HALF TERM OR WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED
Below is what you will need to do to contact the school over Half Term if a child or member of staff tests positive for Covid.
Below is the information from the Department of Education however simply what does this mean for parents at Fairlight.
- If your child tests positive for Covid on Saturday or Sunday you will need to contact the school via email@example.com or ring/ text 07436 193831 where you will need to leave your name and contact details. A member of the school will then be in contact with you to discuss this further and advise as to what action we will need to take, what you will need to do and who we need to contact.
- PLEASE DO NOT POST OF FACECHAT OR INSTABOOK. TELL US FIRST.
- The Headteacher email address will be monitored at 9am and 3pm daily on these dates.
- DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL ONCE SCHOOL HAS CLOSED FOR HALF TERM- email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/ text 07436 193831
The following advice has been sent to schools by the Department of Education to share with parents and staff about the Half Term holiday.
We recommend all schools ensure staff, parents and carers are aware of the following information and relevant arrangements regarding positive cases in the holidays:
- Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
- For the first 2 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
- School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 3 days after the final day of teaching.
Where pupils are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 3 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term.
For the first 3 days after the end of term, schools are not asked to be on-call at all times. Staff responsible for contact tracing may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate (this can be done by text or email). The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and PHE advice service are available to support with any queries you have about positive cases in your school.
ISOLATION AND CONTACTS
If you have not had direct contact with someone who has tested positive you do not need to isolate.
We have seen an increase in the number of people either having to take tests or being told to isolate.
To clarify a key point for all parents.
In all instances we would ask that you contact the School Office and speak to Julianna who can advise you correctly as to what to do and what will now happen. This is so that we can then advise parents and ensure everyone who needs to know is told officially- and not via Whatsapp or the Argus.
To help with a few other points we have answered a few simple questions here:
Do I get a test if I have the symptoms?
Yes if you or any member of your household show any of the symptoms then they should be tested.
Do we all need to get a test?
No. Only those who show the symptoms should be tested. Anyone with direct contact with them (living in the same house for example) should isolate.
My eldest has been sent home from school because someone in their class has tested positive. Do I need to keep my other children at home?
No. They have not had direct contact with the child who tested positive. They are fine to come to school unless they show symptoms- whereby they should then be tested.