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COVID-19

 
COVID-19 Guidance for Parents/Carers in Central Bedfordshire Education Settings

For any SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED case of COVID-19 in a young person please follow the flow chart below.
     
SUSPECTED case - i.e., if young person has COVID-19 symptoms CONFIRMED case following a Positive PCR Test CONFIRMED case following a Positive LFD Test
     

Key symptoms:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and or/
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  • Additional symptoms that may be early warning signs of COVID-19 in children include: upset stomach, headache, sore throat, unusual fatigue.

Positive PCR Test Result

Inform the setting of positive PCR test result. Young person must self-isolate for 10 days.

 

The rest of the household does not need to isolate if they are:

  • Under 18yrs and 6 months and/or
  • Double vaccinated, at least 14 days since the 2nd dose and/or 
  • Part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial and/or
  • Cannot have a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons (as confirmed by a medical professional).

If none of the above apply, then the household contacts must isolate for 10 days.

Positive LFD Test Result

Inform setting of positive LFD test result. Take a PCR test WITHIN 2 DAYS of positive LFD test result. Book online at:  www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

or phone NHS 119

Young person and eligible close contacts must self-isolate whilst waiting for the PCR test result.

Take a PCR test as soon as possible.

Book online via the website:

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Alternatively, a PCR test can be ordered by phone on: NHS 119 for those without access to the Internet.

Negative PCR Test Result

Young person and eligible close contacts can stop isolation and can return to the setting. Restart twice-weekly LFD home testing in secondary school-aged pupils.

     

Ensure young person isolates at home until PCR test result is known. 

 

The rest of the household does not need to isolate if they are:

  • Under 18yrs and 6 months and/or
  • Double vaccinated, at least 14 days since the 2nd dose and/or
  • Part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial and/or
  • Cannot have a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons (as confirmed by a medical professional).

If none of the above apply, then the household contacts must isolate until PCR test result is known.

Ensure young person isolates at home for 10 days, along with any members of their household who are over 18yrs & 6 months and have not had 2x COVID-19 vaccines.

For symptomatic cases, the day the symptoms began is Day 0; You need to add 10 further days after Day 0.

For asymptomatic cases the date of the test is Day 0; You need to add 10 further days after Day 0.

Isolation ends at midnight on Day 10. The young person can return to the setting, if well, and any eligible household members can stop isolating. If the young person still has a fever, diarrhoea or is being sick, they should continue to isolate until 48hrs after symptoms have ended - as per sickness protocol in the setting.
If anyone else in the household becomes unwell and tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to isolate for the required period of time, as directed on receipt of their test result. If any other members of the household have been isolating and remain well, they will not need to extend their isolation period after completing the 10 days.
 

Result of test

(Notify setting as soon as possible)

   
NEGATIVE - Young person can return to setting once well. Any household contacts can stop isolating.    
POSITIVE - Return to the top of the page and follow 'Confirmed case following a Positive PCR Test'.    
 
  • We Continue to ask families/young people to wash hands regularly, keep spaces well ventilated, and to wear face masks in crowded, public, indoor areas.
  • Face masks should continue to be worn on transport to and from education settings.
  • LFD test: A Lateral Flow Device test is a rapid test that can be used at home, and the result is available after 30 minutes.
  • PCR test: A Polymerase Chain Reaction test can be booked online and is sent to a lab for the result.
  • If you have recently (within 90 days) had a positive PCR test for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing by both PCR and LFD, unless you develop new symptoms.
  • LFD tests are used for identifying COVID-19 infections where there are no symptoms, and should not be used if you have any symptoms.
  • LFD tests are safe to use in pregnancy.
  • If you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, you should still take part in LFD testing as you may still transmit the virus.
  • If you have been identified as an eligible, close contact of a positive case, a negative LFD test does not mean that you can stop isolating.
  • If you have had a recent nosebleed, or have a nose piercing, use the other nostril to swab for the LFD test.
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