Testing & Symptoms
Please see the following guidance below for help with symptoms of COVID and where to book testing if required:
Updated 7 April 2022
Updated NHS COVID-19 symptoms lists
Adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, should follow the UKHSA guidance. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
Updated 4 January 2022
Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19
Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.
Health and social care workers, including those working in education settings, should follow guidance for their sector on taking LFD tests on day 8, 9 and 10. For more information, visit COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Updated 1 November 2021
Letter from Essex County Council - Primary Testing
The following link provides information of where in Essex testing will be taking place. This is updated every Friday.
Current dates and locations for mobile testing units. Mobile testing units are at various locations across Essex, and they are run by the Ministry of Defence.
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment, or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
These routes remain the primary channels for any individuals displaying coronavirus symptoms to get a test.
Updated 5 October 2020
Please click here for the Covid-19 symptom parental support tool
Updated 24 September 2020
Updated 18 September 2020
Click here for a flow chart to help with child's illness symptoms and attending school.
Updated 17 September 2020
Who to contact in an emergency
If at any stage someone at your setting cannot cope with the symptoms or their condition significantly worsens, use the https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, dial NHS 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
Updated 14 September 2020
Please click on the link below for some helpful advice regarding COVID-related pupil absence and some FAQs regarding Track and Trace: