Covid-19 Symptoms and Testing

March 2022 update

NHS guidance about testing 

For full details follow the link: Here

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild:

  • High temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Book a PCR test here:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Get advice about staying at home and avoiding contact with others

While you’re no longer required by law to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should still stay at home and avoid contact with other people. This helps reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others.

When to self isolate and what to do – follow link for full details

How long to stay at home

If you have COVID-19, you should stay at home while you’re infectious to others.

This can be for up to 10 days from when your symptoms start. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

You can do a rapid lateral flow test from 5 days after your symptoms started (or the day you had the test if you do not have symptoms) and another the next day.

If both tests are negative and you do not have a high temperature, you’re less likely to pass COVID-19 to others and you can go back to your normal routine.

If your test result is positive on day 5, you can carry on doing rapid lateral flow tests every day until you get 2 negative test results in a row.

Note from Moseley School and Sixth Form about home testing kits:

While we still have some left, home testing kits can be requested from reception following a positive PCR test for a student. This is to enable the student to test as detailed above. Schools are no longer being supplied with these but we do have some stock remaining. Alternatively, tests can be ordered online:

Govement guidance


Excerpts from Schools guidance

Further information and govermant guidance for schools can be found here: Schools guidance

Welcoming children back to school

In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with the key symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others.

If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending school where they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, the school can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. 

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