06 September 2021
As many of you will have seen in the news or heard through social media, since the Government have lifted COVID restrictions, schools are now operating under a new set of guidance with regard to our response to a positive COVID case in school. Please see the information below along with an explanation of how this has changed.
The latest Government guidance states that:-
- In schools NHS Test and Trace will work with the person identified as a positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts.
Change:- School will not be informing parents if there is a positive COVID case in the building, this will/may be done by NHS track and trace.
- Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case and/or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a much small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.
Change- School will not be sending home individuals, classes or year groups unless they present with COVID symptoms or they are informed by NHS track and trace or Public Health England
- Individuals (including staff and children) are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact (in the same class as) someone with COVID-19.
Change- Previously on the confirmation of a positive test within a class, the class would be sent home. Now the expectation is that the class continue to attend school unless they get tracked and traced and staff and parents are vigilant for COVID symptoms.
- School aged children will not be required to self-isolate if they live with or are a close contact of someone with Covid 19 under the latest guidance.
Change- previously if there was a positive COVID case in the household, children were told to isolate.
- If a parent tests positive the children should continue to come to school, any child not in school will (as per the guidance) be marked as unauthorised absence.
- All students and staff, regardless of year group, should remain vigilant regarding COVID-19.
If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace please follow the guidance here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#i-think-i-have-had-contact-with-someone-who-has-tested-positive-for-covid-19-but-i-have-not-been-notified-and-advised-to-self-isolate-what-should-i-do
Please be aware these are Government guidelines that we must as a school adhere to.
Mrs Clare Freeman