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Covid 19 - Parents Information

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From today, Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.


  • Day 0 - Start of Symptoms 

                     Day of Positive Lateral Flow test
                     Day PCR test taken  (if a positive result is returned)

  • Day 1 - Isolation Day 1
  • Day 2 - Isolation Day 2 
  • Day 3 - Isolation Day 3
  • Day 4 - Isolation Day 4 
  • Day 5 - Isolation Day 5  - Take a Lateral Flow test (if no temperature) and remain in isolation
    If negative remain in isolation and test again in 24 hours
    If positive test again in 24 hours
  • Day 6 - Isolation Day 6 – Take a Lateral Flow test (if no temperature)
    If negative you can come out of isolation
    If positive test again in 24 hours
  • Day 7 to Day 10
    Repeat Day 5 and Day 6 until 2 negative lateral flow test results are received 24 hours apart or 10 days isolation are completed (including day 0). 


The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day 24 hours later. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.


Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.


Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Please keep the school office updated with any absences on 01793 695134 or


Update January 2022

Many of you will have seen the news and may know that there are very few changes for Primary Schools in light of the omicron variant.
Here are the key changes you need to be aware of:

  • A reduction in isolation time for pupils and staff who have tested positive via a PCR from 10 days to 7. This is provided that they are well, showing no symptoms and after 2 negative LFT tests taken on day 6 and 7 (24 hours in between each test) with a return then on day 8. We will be exercising caution and monitoring this closely, as returning to school does represent a return to a crowded environment.
  • The government is providing 7000 hepa air filters but this is between all schools. There is a strict criteria to qualify and we are investigating but I am not hopeful we will meet this. That said, we are exploring the possibility and feasibility of raising funds to try to purchase these ourselves. We will do everything we can.

Things we will need to continue doing as per government guidance:

  • Please do not send your children in if they are unwell and we would be so grateful if you would let the office know with the specific reason so they don’t have to call you back. We are required to document all of this by law.
  • Please support us if we need to send your child home. We have to be cautious for the safety of everyone.
  • Adults will wear masks in school when not eating/teaching
  • Daily LFT for any pupils (over 5) and staff identified as close contacts
  • Windows, sky lights AND internal doors will be open to allow a flow of air - including the staffroom. So please do dress your children warmly.
  • Avoiding whole school gatherings
  • We are still asking that parents and visitors call or email us where possible. Please do not come into the reception area as it is not well ventilated. If you are outside call the number ( it is on the sign by the gate) and we will come to you.
  • Masks MUST be worn by any adult who enters the building.

Schools have been told that they should consider how we will stay open with reductions in staffing and reminded that we should be flexible in our staffing to keep school open with the suggestion of combining classes & utilising all teaching and non -teaching staff to do this. Please can we ask for your kindness and understanding should we get to this point - doing lots of covering can mean the team are all doing extra, missing breaks etc and getting very tired.

Closing classes and/or year groups and/or the school will be an absolute last resort in response to inadequate staffing levels.

Unfortunately teacher recruitment targets have been missed for many years now and when we contact the supply agencies, they often do not have anyone. If we do not have enough staff to keep the children safe, we will have no alternative.

We will, of course, continue to offer remote education to all those fit and well enough to access from home .

As always, we are here for you and open to any feedback, ideas and suggestions for how we can be the best version of ourselves for the children and for you. So do reach out if there is anything that we can do to support you.

Love and best wishes to you all Mrs Phillips 

My child has symptoms - What do we need to do?

If your child falls ill in school we will contact parents to come and collect your child. 

If your child develops any of the following symptoms whether at school or at home, your child must self-isolate and you must arrange a PCR coronavirus test.

To arrange a test follow the link here - Book a Coronavirus test or by calling 119. Our nearest test centre is at Wroughton Park and Ride on Pipers Way, walk in facilities may also be available around Swindon or you can order a home testing kit, which can be arranged by following the link to book a test. 
Do NOT go to the GP Surgery
, Hospital or Pharmacy. 


If your child has symptoms you must test using a PCR test at a test center or one sent to your home address.  

My child has had a PCR test and it’s negative. 
If a child tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school. If the pupil remains unwell following the test (such as with a different illness), then they can return when well enough to do so. 

My child has had a positive Lateral Flow test

If a child tests positive on a lateral flow test, they should self-isolate and follow government guidance. You can order lateral flow tests here, we are very sorry but the school is unable to provide test kits for children. 


Please keep the school informed as to your situation so we can record their absence appropriately.  Attendance will not be unauthorised if you are following the guidelines on isolation due to COVID-19. 


My child has had a PCR test and it’s positive. 
If a child tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate following government guidance.  They should only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. 


Please keep the school informed as to your situation so we can record their absence appropriately. Attendance will not be unauthorised if you are following the guidelines on isolation due to COVID-19. 


When can my child return to school after a positive test result?

From January 2022 if your child tests positive for Covid-19 it is now possible for them to come out of isolation earlier than the 10 days. If your child no longer has symptoms and they have had 2 negative Lateral Flow tests (from day 6 onwards) they can return to school. Please see the flow chart below and click here for current guidelines.  


Someone in the child’s household has symptoms or has tested positive.

 From 16 August 2021 children aged under 18 years and 6 months are no longer required to self isolate if they have been in contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is advised that they get a PCR test if they have had close contact with this person and do daily lateral flow tests for 7 days from point of contact. 


NHS Test and Trace

Anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and  will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 meters for more than 15 minutes. 

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test should follow current Government guidance. 

For further information please follow the link below. 


What happens if a child has tested positive for coronavirus and has been attending school?

Following current government guidelines schools are no longer required to track and trace or to close bubbles. Track and Trace will now be undertaken by NHS Tracing who will contact any close contacts to advise them as to what they need to do. We will however give support to NHS Tracing should it be required. 






IMPORTANT re Use of Lateral Flow Covid Tests


Please could we politely remind Parents/Carers of the current Government guidelines in regards to testing for Covid-19 (Government Guidance on testing)

If your child or anyone in your household has one of the following symptoms

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of taste and smell

or you are worried they may be developing symptoms, you need to get a PCR test at a test center. Your child and your household then need to isolate until you receive the results.

Lateral flow tests should only be used for asymptomatic testing (for people who display no symptoms).

Current advice is that Primary school children do not need to be regularly tested using the Lateral Flow Devices (click here for further information).

It is really important that if you feel your child or a member of your household needs to be tested because they have symptoms you book a PCR test (booking a test) and isolate until you get the results.

If you inform the school that your child has one of the above symptoms you need to

  1. Book a PCR test and isolate (all members of your household) until you receive the results.
  2. or isolate for 10 days before returning to school.

We cannot allow children who have had symptoms and then taken a Lateral Flow Test back into school for everyone’s safety.

Test and Trace support payment for parents

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.

To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:

  • they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
  • they are employed or self-employed
  • they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
  • they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment

That their child or young person:

  • is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
  • has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)


For more information or to apply for this payment please follow this link -


Information on support available to those who may be financially affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic

East Wichel Primary School Covid-19 Risk Assesment