From Monday 17th January, the following Government advice should be adhered to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
• If your child has symptoms, they must have a PCR test.
• If someone in your house, or a close contact, tests positive then all in the household (including children age 5-18) must take a lateral flow test every day for the following 7 days. Children should only come to school each day if they get a negative test result. Children under the age of 5 do not need to take lateral flow tests.
• Anyone who has a positive result on a lateral flow test must isolate for 10 days from the date of the lateral flow test. They no longer have to take a PCR test.
On day 5 and day 6 of isolation a lateral flow test can be taken. They must be taken 24 hours apart. If both tests are negative, then isolation can end on day 6 and the child can return to school. If they are not both negative, then isolation continues either until they get two consecutive lateral flow tests 24 hours apart OR until the end of the 10th day of isolation.
Once your child has completed 10 days’ isolation then they can return to school unless they continue to have a high temperature. At this point they do need to have a negative lateral flow as they are deemed to be no longer infectious.
It’s really important therefore that you ensure you have enough lateral flow tests in the house at all times for the whole family. You can order tests here – Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We will continue to advise parents/carers of rising cases in a class where there is a significant COVID outbreak. NHS Test and Trace will inform you if your child is a close contact.
Within school we will continue to endeavour to keep all year groups open. However, if we end up in a situation where we have a significant number of staff off then we may have to move to remote learning. It’s therefore important that you ensure that your child can logon to Google Classroom. If you are having difficulty with this, please let us know as soon as possible.
Mrs R Swinbank