COVID-19 testing

Testing for those with no symptoms: secondary school pupils

Following a request from public health officials and Scottish Government, we are asking that all secondary pupils restart twice-weekly at-home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing in the week before they return. Ideally, please take your second weekly test either in the morning before you leave for your first day of school or the evening before.

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.

We provided test kits to pupils prior to the summer break, which can be used for these purposes. If your child did not receive a test kit, or they have run out of tests, you can access them in a range of different ways. Kits are available free of charge:

 

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

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