Covid-19 Information

What you need to do, testing and isolation

You will be aware that many of the rules around Covid-19 have changed over the summer.  The biggest change for us is that children under 18 years and 6 months will not now usually be asked to self-isolate if they are in contact with someone who has tested positive.  This means that we do not anticipate having to ask large groups of students to stay at home.  

If your child has symptoms you must still keep them at home and arrange a PCR test.

This section gives you a quick guide on what you need to do now that the rules have changed.  We have also provided links to useful information from the government and the NHS but please feel free to contact us on 020 8864 8544 or help@northolthigh.org.uk if you have any questions.


What to do if your child has symptoms

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • A new, persistent cough (coughing for more than an hour or three episodes of coughing in any 24 hrs
  • A high temperature (fever)
  • Loss of or change to sense of taste and / or smell
     


If your child has one or more of these symptoms, this is the action you should take:

  • Your child must not come to school
  • Please telephone us to let us know why your child will be absent
  • Your child should self-isolate for ten days from the day they first had symptoms
  • You should arrange a PCR test for your child.  You can do this by calling 199, ordering online at  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or attending a local testing centre.
  • Anyone else in your household under 18 years and 6 months does not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms
  • Anyone else in your household over 18 years and 6 months without symptoms and who has been fully vaccinated (two jabs) does not need to self-isolate
  • Anyone else in your household over 18 years and 6 months without symptoms and who has not been fully vaccinated (no vaccine at all or who has only had one jab) does not need to self-isolate
     

More information can be found here:

Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection


What to do if your child’s PCR test is positive

  • If your child’s PCR test is positive, they must complete their 10 days isolation and anyone else who is isolating in your household must also complete their isolation. 
  • Please contact us at school to let us know that your child has tested positive
  • We will no longer be conducting contact tracing in school. NHS Test & Trace will be in touch with you to discuss your child’s close contacts.
  • Everyone in your household is advised to get a PCR test.


What to do if your child’s PCR test is negative

  • If your child’s PCR test is negative they can end their isolation and return to school
  • Anyone else in your household who is isolating may also end their isolation.  

What to do if your child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive

If your child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive in school or outside school, including someone else in your household, NHS Test & Trace will be in touch with you.  You must follow the guidance they give you.  However, in most cases, anyone under 18 years and 6 months, or over 18 and 6 months and fully vaccinated will not need to self-isolate.  They will be advised to get a PCR test.

If you know your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive but you are not contacted  by NHS Test & Trace, you should follow the same advice.  Your child can continue to attend school and does not need to self-isolate but you should book them a PCR test.  If you take them to a testing site and you need to take them during the school day, please contact us to let us know.
 

Information about NHS Test & Trace can be found here:

NHS Test & Trace


What to do if someone else in your household has symptoms or tests positive

The person who has symptoms or who has tested positive should follow the advice above.  If your child has not tested positive and has no symptoms they can continue to attend school and does not need to self-isolate but you should book them a PCR test.  If you take them to a testing site and you need to take them during the school day, please contact us to let us know.


What to do if someone in your child’s class tests positive for Covid-19

NHS Test and Trace has now taken over contact tracing for students.  This means that in most cases, if a child in school tests positive, we will not be in touch with you to ask your child to self-isolate.  NHS Test & Trace will contact anyone identified as a close contact.  Children under 18 years and 6 months or those over 18 years and 6 months who have been fully vaccinated will usually not be asked to self-isolate.  Your child can continue to attend school.  You will be advised to get a PCR test for your child.

You can find more information here:

What parents & carers need to know about school


Home testing

We are all advised to continue to do Lateral Flow Device Tests (LFDs) at home twice a week.  Your child will be provided with tests kits in school which they will bring home to you.  If they run out, please contact us and we will provide more if we can.

You can get test kits for everyone else in your household here by ordering them online here Coronavirus Lateral Flow Tests or from many local pharmacies.  Search here to find your nearest one.  

Guidance on how to complete a home tests is here: 

Your step-by-step guide to covid home testing

A useful NHS video showing you how to do the test is here:

Covid-19 self test video


What to do if your child’s LFD home test is positive

  • Your child must not come to school
  • Please telephone us to let us know why your child will be absent
  • Your child should self-isolate for ten days from the day they first had symptoms or, if they did not have symptoms, from the day of the LFD test.
  • You should arrange a PCR test for your child. You can do this by calling 199, ordering online at  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or attending a local testing centre.
  • Anyone else in your household under 18 years and 6 months does not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms
  • Anyone else in your household over 18 years and 6 months without symptoms and who has been fully vaccinated (two jabs) does not need to self-isolate
  • Anyone else in your household over 18 years and 6 months without symptoms and who has not been fully vaccinated (no vaccine at all or who has only had one jab) does not need to self-isolate

Covid-19 FAQS

Please click on this link to find answers to frequently asked questions about Covid-19.  If you are unsure or would like to ask any questions please contact us on 020 8864 8544 or help@northolthigh.org.uk


Covid-19 useful links

These links are to trusted sources of information.  Click on the blue links to access the information.   Please be aware that these links are correct at time of publication but we are not responsible for the information provided and it may change at any time.  If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at school on 020 8864 8544 or help@northolthigh.org.uk.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Find our answers to FAQs here

SYMPTOMS

NHS advice on Covid-19 symptoms

NHS advice on Covid-19 symptoms in children

NHS advice on how to look after someone with Covid-19 symptoms

TESTING

Government information on how to Get a free Covid-19 PCR test

Testing sites in Local Boroughs:

Ealing            Harrow            Hillingdon            Hounslow          Brent     

 

HOME TESTS

Order free Lateral Flow Device tests

Find a local pharmacy to collect LFD tests

SELF-ISOLATION

Government guidance on when to isolate and how

Tips on how to cope with isolation for families and for young people

VACCINATIONS

NHS advice on vaccinations

How to book a Covid-19 vaccination

SUPPORT FOR SELF-ISOLATION

NHS support for isolation

How to apply for a test and trace support payment