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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

We are continually monitoring and keeping up to date with the latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England in relation to Coronavirus. 

 

Latest government advice and information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 including information about what to do if you have symptoms, live with someone who has symptoms along with information about the NHS Test and Trace Service.

 

Parents/ Carers should contact https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 or call 111 if at any point symptoms get worse. 

 

The weblink to order a home test kit or book an appointment at a test site is https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

 

Self-Isolation Information

Whilst the default self-isolation period continues to be 10 days, latest guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-isolation-for-those-with-covid-19-can-end-after-five-full-days-following-two-negative-lfd-tests) also states that people with COVID-19 can now end their self-isolation period after 5 full days, as long as 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests are taken on 2 consecutive days, day 5 and 6 and reported before children return to school and they do not have a temperature.

 

This means that if an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on both day 6 and day 7 to release them from self-isolation, or if they are positive on day 6, then a negative test is required on days 7 and 8, and so on until the end of day 10.

 

Individuals who are positive on rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation for the full 10- day period.

 

Self-isolation periods start immediately from the day your symptoms start (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms) AND include the next 10 full days.

 

If your child is well enough, please note that remote learning will be available in Google Classroom.

 

Notifications to school

Please note below the school’s expectations in relation to Covid-19 testing, the completion of lateral flow or PCR tests, along with information about notifications the school expects to receive from families. We hope that the information below clarifies how we can all continue to work together to protect ourselves, each other and reduce the spread of Covid.

 

  1. If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.  If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, please order a PCR test. Your child should stay at home until you receive the result of their PCR test. 

  2. If your child does not have symptoms of Covid -19 but tests positive on a lateral flow test, the government has advised that your child no longer needs to take a confirmatory PCR test. They do however if positive, still need to self isolate.

  3. It is imperative that you report your lateral flow test result at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result  When reporting, select the option to receive a text and email to confirm the result. The text or email received confirming a negative or positive result, can be forwarded to the school.

  4. Email the school office as soon as possible to advise if your child will not be in school because they have symptoms and forward the NHS notification that you receive confirming your positive lateral flow test or PCR test result. We will make a note of the date of the lateral flow test, PCR test and the result, either positive or negative and information about your child’s final date of isolation on our attendance records. Please also email confirmation of 2 negative lateral flow tests if your child returns to school before the end of the full 10 day isolation period.

  5. With high numbers of cases, please also note that if anyone living in your household tests positive, in line with the government’s strong recommendations, the school expects you or any other siblings or family members living in the same household as the person testing positive, even if they do not have symptoms, to lateral flow test for the next 7 days after the first positive notification. (1 lateral flow test a day for 7 days) and prior to attending school each day, to forward the lateral flow test result of the sibling attending to the school office email. Lateral flow tests are available from your local pharmacy or can be ordered online. 

 

DFE Definition of an Outbreak and thresholds 

The DFE have advised that settings should consider extra action if the number of positive cases substantially increases. This is because it could indicate transmission is happening in the setting. The DFE thresholds, detailed below, are to be used by settings as an indication for an outbreak and when to seek public health advice.

 

For most education and childcare settings, this means, extra action should be taken when, whichever of these thresholds is reached first:

  • 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
  • 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

 

Identifying a group that is likely to have mixed closely will be different for each setting.  For schools, the DFE has shared that a group that has mixed closely could include:

  • a form group or subject class
  • a friendship group mixing at breaktimes
  • a sports team
  • a group in an after-school activity 

 

DFE Advice about actions to consider once a threshold is reached

At the point of reaching a threshold, education and childcare settings have been asked to review and reinforce the testing, hygiene and ventilation measures they already have in place.

 

Settings are asked to also consider:

  • whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Assessment and Returning in September 2021

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