In order to protect one another and to ensure our school remains open to provide an education for our pupils, we are following the Public Health Advice (below) for staff and pupils to self isolate and not come into school following a positive COVID test result.
What should educational settings do if they are notified of a case or possible case of Covid-19?
The legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 test has been removed. However, the public health advice continues to be that children and staff who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. After 5 days, they may
choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day – if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to the setting. Those who test positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household.
What advice should we give to children/students with non-COVID symptoms?
There is no requirement to ask children or students to seek a COVID test for non-COVID symptoms but it remains important that children or students do not attend or their childcare/ other educational settings when unwell as has always been the case – symptoms can be an indicator of a whole range of infections that can spread through contact with others.
However, we thank lots of our parent/carers last week & today for testing their children without being asked and keeping their child at home if they have not been well enough to attend school.
Leaders in schools can refuse to have a child in school if by allowing them to attend when they have tested positive for COVID 19 or are clearly unwell, will have a detrimental impact on the other pupils and staff.