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St Mary's Primary School, Kircubbin
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)
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.