Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed the festive period and your plans were not too disrupted by the pandemic. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the 6th January at 8.55am ready for the term ahead.
In advance of your return for the spring term, I wanted to remind you of existing regulations and make you aware of the most recent updates regarding those who test positive for COVID-19.
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please arrange for them to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They should remain at home whilst waiting for results.
In order to minimise the transmission rates, it is advisable to take an LFD test twice a week. If the test is negative your child can attend school. If it is positive they will need to take a PCR test. If the PCR test is positive they will need to isolate for 7 days minimum.
In school, we will continue with our enhanced cleaning schedule, regular handwashing and ventilating classrooms.
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.
Your child may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of the 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 your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 8.
Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19
People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and parents should arrange for them to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend school, if they have no symptoms while waiting for the PCR result.