COVID-19 Updates

Lateral Flow Test Update - March 2021

The Government recently announced that all secondary aged students will be offered regular asymptomatic COVID-19 tests to take at home twice a week.

Tests are free of charge and students will initially receive three packs (three tests in a box) with a leaflet on how to take the test and how report the result.

We would ask that students take their tests on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Their first home test will be on Sunday 21st March and then on Wednesday 24th March. Testing should continue during the holidays.

For full information and guidance please see;

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.

The 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)

If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

When the result of your child’s test is known further advice will be available

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Please see the latest advice from Gov.uk