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COVID-19

 
COVID-19 Guidance for Parents/Carers in Central Bedfordshire Education Settings (Updated 11/01/2022)

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, aching limbs, cold-like symptoms.

Inform the setting of positive PCR test result. Young person and their household must follow Government guidance on self-isolation.

 

Anyone aged 5 years and over, who has been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and who is not legally required to self-isolate, is now strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. If any of these LFD tests are positive they should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

 

Under 5s are exempt from regular LFD testing and self-isolation as a close contact. If they develop symptoms they should isolate and take a PCR test.

Inform the setting of positive LFD test result. Young person and their household must follow Government guidance on self-isolation.

 

From the 11th of January 2022 people who receive a positive LFD test result for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won't be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a PCR test, not an LFD test.
If someone with symptoms has already taken an LFD test for any reason and the result is positive, they do not need to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Take a PCR test as soon as possible.

Book online via the website:

www.gov.uk/get-coronoavirus-test

Alternatively, a PCR test can be ordered by phone on: NHS 119.

 

     

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 18 years 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, household contacts must isolate until PCR test result is known.

For symptomatic cases, the day the symptoms began is DAY 0
For asymptomatic cases, the date of the registered positive test is DAY 0

At the end of self-isolation, 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 48 hours 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 (as they are not exempt from isolation), and remain well, they will not need to extend their isolation period after completing their 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 and daily LFD testing.
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 wear face masks in crowded, public, indoor areas.
  • Face masks should continue to be worn in communal areas, in classrooms and on school and public 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. Click here to find out how to collect/order LFD tests free of charge.
  • 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 PCR, unless you develop new symptoms. However, it is now recommended that you take part in regular LFD testing within the 90-day period. If an LFD test returns a positive result you must follow Government guidance and isolate immediately.
  • If you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, you should still take part in LFD testing as you may still transmit the virus.
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