Covid-19 Guidance

Covid-19 Guidance

FACE MASKS

From 2nd January, staff and students are asked to wear to face coverings in the classroom. This will be reviewed by the government on 26th January.

TESTING

LATERAL FLOW DEVICE TESTING

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. Staff and Secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3 to 4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. (Wednesday and Sunday evenings). Staff and students are continuing to be asked to take part in LFD testing from January.

Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing. Test on a Wednesday and Sunday Evening, with a test at the start of term in school.

Video guidance on how to complete the test can be found here.

REPORTING YOUR TEST RESULTS

Please click on the links below to report your lateral Flow Test results:

The LFT test should be taken on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. As well as reporting the result to school, please also report to the NHS using the link below.

PCR TESTING

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can book a free PCR Test by clicking here

REPORTING YOUR TEST RESULTS

Please click on the link below to report your PCR Test results only:

SELF-ISOLATION

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. 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.

WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE

If you develop symptoms or have a positive lateral flow test you should self-isolate straight away and get a Free PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

  • you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus
  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – check below if this applies to you)
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

CLOSE CONTACTS

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their work or school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

TRACING CLOSE CONTACTS AND ISOLATION

Close contacts in schools are now identified by NHS Test and Trace. NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD AS SOMEONE WITH COVID-19

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

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