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Important Change to Covid-19 Close Contact Guidance

Dear Parent/Carers

You will be aware that there has been a change of guidance regarding the implementation of Plan B by the Government

What does that mean for us as a school?

From today (Tuesday 14th December) any children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating.  We would ask that if your child has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace or you are aware that your child has been in close contact with a positive case that you follow the guidance and do a LFD everyday before they come to school each day. If they test negative, they can continue to attend school.

We will notify parents, via email, if a child tests positive within their child’s class so parents are able to test daily.

You can order LFD tests online, collect from a pharmacy, pick up from a community site or from a test site for more information follow the link here.

If they test negative, they can continue to attend school.

If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.

Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.

This approach should also be adopted on our return to school in January, unless guidance changes in the meantime.  

We would like to reassure you that our staff are following the same guidance.

Kind regards 

Mrs Phillips 

Head Teacher