Government guidance for self isolation for staff and students of schools has been updated for September 2021:
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
There is also guidance around asymptomatic testing (testing with the at-home kits provided by school) :
Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Additionally, the guidance also details how to respond to positive tests:
Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).
If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should send them home and they should follow public health advice.
For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household.
This guidance is taken from DfE Guidance regarding the operation of a school during COVID-19 found here.
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COVID update 13 – COVID Home Testing for Students
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March 2021 Opening Risk Assessment
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Providing Remote Education – Info to Parents (Jan 2021)
19th January 2021
COVID Update 10 – Scheduled Time away from Teams
7th January 2021
COVID Update 9 – Urgent Exams Update for Years 11, 12 & 13
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COVID update 8 – Lockdown remote learning arrangements
17th December 2020
COVID Update 6 – Staggered Start to Spring Term
16th December 2020
COVID Update 5 – Covid Testing in Schools
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COVID Update 4 – End of term CV19 Guidance
4th December 2020
WCC Director of Childrens Services letter to parents – 03122020
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Face Coverings – Guidance from Worcestershire County Council
1st October 2020
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29th September 2020
Covid Update 2 – Letter from Dr Evans
28th September 2020
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24th September 2020
Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.