COVID-19-symptoms and testing: Guidance for Parents/Carers September 2020
If your child has symptoms
In line with Public Heath Wales Guidance, if your child experiences any of the following symptoms either at home or at the school setting, urgent action is required.
A high temperature > 37.80C
A new continuous cough
Loss of, or a change in sense of smell or taste
If your child experiences any of the above symptoms at home you need to urgently arrange a Coronavirus test for them and not send your child or any sibling into school (even if it’s a different school) until the test result has been returned. All other members of the family should also stay at home until the result of the test is known. If your child experiences any of the above symptoms while at school, the school will make immediate contact with you to collect your child (and their siblings). You must then book a test immediately and the whole family should isolate.
What do I do if my child is unwell and not displaying any of the above specific Covid 19 related symptoms?
Public Health Wales have confirmed that schools should be following the general infection control advice which they would have been following pre Covid i.e.students with diarrhoea/vomiting should not be in school until 48 hour symptom free, those with cold symptoms can go to school when fit to do so. For all other illnesses and symptoms which are not Covid-19, you and your school must follow the usual processes. Your school has a list of medical conditions and the expected length of absence published by Public Health Wales. Telephone 119 if you are unsure about your child’s condition.
How to book a test
Only people with symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell) should be tested.
You can book an online test for your child to attend the Llandudno ‘drive-thru’ centre through this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or alternatively on the same link you can order a home test kit if you cannot physically get to a test site.
From day 1 to 4 of your child’s symptoms, you can get tested at a testing site or at home. If it’s day 5 of your child experiencing the above symptoms then you need to go to a test site. It's then too late to order a home test kit.
If your child is unable to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, anyone within the household must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.
If for any reason you have no access to the online system then you can alternatively book a test for your child by telephoning 119. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119. The contact centre is open from 7am until 11pm. If you have been unable to access a testing facility or request a home test then contact your schools, they might be able to provide you with a home testing kit under certain circumstances.
What the test involves:
The test involves taking a swab from the inside of your child’s nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud. Your child is able to do the swab (if aged 12 or over) or you can choose to swab your child. Parents/ carers must swab test children aged 11 or under.
What to do after you receive your child’s result:
Negative result – all pupils from household can return to school and other members of the house and bubble can stop self-isolating. (Please see below regarding negative test results if you have been asked to isolate as a contact of a positive case)
Positive results – the pupils must self-isolate in line with the most up to date Welsh Government guidance. In addition any household members or bubble must self-isolate in line with Welsh Government guidelines. Should any further household/bubble member subsequently develop symptoms themselves at a later stage, then they must self-isolate in line with Welsh Government guidelines for 10 days from their symptoms and book a test.
* You will need to make contact with the school your child attends to inform them of the outcome of the test and inform other schools where siblings attend.
What happens at the school?
Whilst the results of a test are being awaited, there will be no need to close the school or part of the school and no expectation that other parents will need keep their children home from school. If the test is positive, the ‘Test Trace and Protect (TTP)’ team will advise the school on what action will be required. The team will also get in touch with all relevant contacts and advise them on any further requirements. It is only after a positive case has been confirmed that consideration will be given to closing part of the school or the whole school.
What happens if a child is tested Covid-19 positive within the same contact bubble as my own child?
The school will be in contact if this has happened and your child will be required to isolate in line with current Public Health Guidelines even if your child is non symptomatic. There is no requirement for the household to isolate unless the child then becomes symptomatic and then you must follow the guidelines as set above. If your child receives a negative test result during a period of isoaltion of this kind, they will still need to continue to isolate until the end of the period identified.
What do I need to do if somebody in my household has tested positive for Covid19?
Please do not send any children to school. You will need to make contact with the school to inform them of this. Others within the same household will need to self-isolate for 14 days
We/my child have travelled and need to self-isolate, what do we need to do?
We ask that you consider quarantine requirements and inform the school of the planned absence period. Your child can then return to school after the 14 days quarantine.
I am unable to get a test for my symptomatic child when I ring or use the online link, what should I do?
If you cannot access a test locally when you have tried online and over the phone, please contact the school and we will try to help.
Free School Meals
My child is self-isolating but not symptomatic due to being in the same contact group as another pupil who has tested positive. As my child is eligible for a free school meal what happens next?
If the child who has had contact with another confirmed positive child and is non symptomatic the remaining household will not be required to isolate. Therefore a family member can contact the school to make arrangements to collect the packed lunch.
My child and household are self-isolating as a result of receiving a positive Covid19 test. My child is eligible for free school meals so how can we ensure we receive our free school meal?
If you contact your school, arrangements will be made for you.