Please see below the latest updates from George Abbot School regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the images for more information.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

Please note we are not able to give medical advice – please ring 111.

Informing the School

If your child develops any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

LFD and PCR testing guidance

From 11 January 2022, people who have no symptoms and test positive on a lateral flow device will be required to self-isolate immediately and do not need to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms (above) should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.

Self-isolation rules changed on 17 January 2022. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 5 full days if you have 2 negative LFD tests taken on consecutive days. The first LFD test should not be taken before the fifth day after your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms). The self-isolation period remains 10 full days for those without negative results from 2 LFD tests taken a day apart. See diagram below.

REMINDER:

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a school student, college student or of a staff member, you can get twice-weekly symptom-free tests.

The symptom-free tests for households are not available from schools or colleges. Households can use any testing offered by their employer, or book an appointment online at a symptom-free testing site, or collect a home-testing kit from a designated collection point, or if unable to travel to a site, order a kit online. You can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

If your child or a household or bubble member develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free testing. Book a free test at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.