Updated COVID isolation and flow chart guidance from 17th January 2022
Please see the News & Events section for updated close contact guidance and flow chart for parents regarding COVID
As of 17th January, the new guidance for Close Contacts recommends that you carry out daily lateral flow tests on your child for 7 days, if they have been in school, to ensure that they have not contracted COVID. As long as your child has a negative result each day, they are able to attend school.
The recommendation to have a PCR is no longer relevant unless your child displays symptoms. If they do, this is when a PCR should be immediately booked and your child kept off school until the results are received.
Should your child receive a positive result at any point, either via an LFT or PCR, this needs to be registered on the NHS website (if it is a PCR test this will be done automatically). If a positive result is received, please inform the school as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line please put URGENT POSITIVE COVID CASE.
Your child would then need to isolate, with follow up LFT's being taken 24 hours apart on day 5 and day 6 of their isolation period. If the tests on both day 5 and day 6 provide negative results, then the isolation period is able to end. If they are showing as positive on either day 5 and/or day 6, your child will need to continue to isolate until they have 2 consecutive days of negative LFTs (taken 24 hours apart) or they reach the end of the 10-day isolation period.
The same process applies for any contact with a COVID case, whether inside or outside of school.
The flow chart below shows an illustrated guide of how this works.