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Track and Test Information

Track and Test Information

Dear Parents/Carers

We are aware that many students returning to school will get everyday illnesses on their return to school after not mixing for so long.  The advice on what to do next is tricky so we have tried to make it as clear as possible for you.

Public Health England has asked us to write to you, to help them ensure that they are able to identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms.

Students (and staff) should only be tested if they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms, which are:

    • a high temperature where your temperature is above 37.8C
    • a new, continuous cough.  The guidance says that ‘a new continuous cough is where you cough a lot for more than an hour, or have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours’
    • the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell

Note that you do not need all of these symptoms, you just need one of them.  To get a test you need to ring 119.  You should be aware that once you have asked for a test, the whole household needs to isolate until a negative result is given.

PLEASE UPDATE SCHOOL OF ANY TEST RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Public Health have advised:

As schools and colleges across England return, students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, aches and pains, a stomach upset, a runny nose, tiredness or a headache.  If students have these symptoms (without the temperature, continuous cough or loss of smell symptom), then they don’t need to have a test.

The decision as to whether or not they come to school or stay at home should be taken as you would do in normal times (they are not required to stay off school).

Where a child has a sickness bug, as always, they must be kept off school for 48 hours.

Your sincerely

Mr C Woollard

Headteacher

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