We want to thank all of the parents and carers in our Academy for supporting us to keep our pupils and staff safe over the last 18 months. Now that we have started back in the new school year, there have been some changes to the guidance around COVID-19 for schools, and we wanted to share with you a bit more information about what this means and why it’s crucial to keep our school open and safe.
LFT Testing & Reporting
- The test should be taken on a Wednesday and Sunday evening.
- Please report to the Academy and also the NHS using the 2 links below.
|1) Select test date to report result to the Academy|
Sun 3rd October 2021
Wed 6th October 2021
Sun 10th October 2021
Wed 13th October 2021
Sun 17th October 2021
Wed 20th October 2021
Sun 24th October 2021
|2) Now click here to also report the result to the NHS|
ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING (LFT TEST)
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 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.
WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE
Self-isolate straight away and get a 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
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.
Schools COVID-19 operational guidance 27/9/21