COVID-19 testing

Testing for those with no symptoms

Following a request from public health officials and Scottish Government, we we continue to ask secondary school pupils to undertake twice-weekly at-home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. 

It is really important that results are recorded online, whether positive, negative or void. Full details of how to record your results are included in the test kits. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are, and can inform policy on things like mitigations in schools. In the event of a positive result please also email covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or call 01875 613921.

Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the likelihood that staff or children and young people will have to self-isolate.

The processes for distributing test kits in schools has changed to make it quicker and easier to receive kits. Alternatively you can: 

 

What should I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms?

If your child/young person is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not send them to school. You should inform the school office of their absence in the usual way then self-isolate following guidance from NHS Inform and Test and Protect. Please also inform covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or call 01875 613921.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A fever/high temperature
  • A change or loss in taste and or/ smell.

Further information is available at www.nhsinform.scot

 

Self-isolation and PCRs

The guidance around self-isolation and PCR testing changed from 6 January 2021.

  • PCR tests will no longer be needed to confirm a positive result from a Lateral Flow Device
  • NHS Inform has an online guide which will tell you how long you need to self-isolate for based on your vaccination status and the nature of your contact with a covid case. Visit the NHS Inform website.

 

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