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Covid-19 Dear Parents   What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of: new continuous cough and/or high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)Please book a free PCR test, even if an earlier one was negative. Your child should stay at home and self-isolate until you receive the result. Please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): self-isolating | nidirect for guidance on whether other people in your household also need to self-isolate while you are waiting for your child’s PCR result.Tests can be arranged at your closest testing site or by requesting a postal kit which will be sent to your home address. You can choose whichever option is more convenient for you. Going for a COVID test is one of the reasons your child can leave home during the self-isolation period, however, they should not use public transport. Please order a postal test if you do not have private transport to a test site.
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What to do if you suspect you or your child may have Covid-19

23rd Aug 2021

Suspected / Confirmed cases of Covid-19
If your or any member of your family suspect they may have covid-19, your children should not be sent to school
until the result of a covid-19 test is known.
All children over the age of 5 can be tested if they display any of the symptoms below:
Symptoms of Covid-19 include:-
• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure
your temperature), or;
• 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), or;
• anosmia - the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell (it can also affect your sense of taste)
Source:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-overview-and-advice
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolating
Young people (aged five to 17)
Young people (aged five to 17) who are not fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contacts should
self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible.
If the PCR test is negative, they can end their self-isolation and should arrange to take another PCR test
eight days after the last known contact.
If the young person who is a close contact develops symptoms at any time they should immediately self-
isolate and book a PCR test, even if the earlier PCR tests were negative.
If any of the PCR tests are positive, this means they have the infection and they should self-isolate for 10 days in line with the latest guidance for confirmed cases.