We would like to update you on the current guidelines we are following regarding Covid-19 and illness –
If your child is displaying any COVID symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) they must self-isolate for 10 days, or until a negative PCR test result has been received.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.
Any other household members or close contacts will not be required to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated – fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
- they are below the age of 18 years 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
In a nutshell, primary and secondary school children do not need to isolate if they have contact or live with a positive case, unless they develop symptoms or test positive themselves.
However under these circumstances, even if your child does not have symptoms, we would strongly advise that you take them for a PCR test. They do not have to isolate when waiting for the PCR result unless they have symptoms.
You can book a PCR test by calling 119 or by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Rapid lateral flow tests should not be used on children if they have symptoms, as these are only to be used when no symptoms are present. You must either book a PCR test or contact school for a home testing kit.
If your child is not displaying any of the above symptoms and is well enough to cope with a full day of school, they can come in. If your child feels at all unwell before coming to school, please do not send them in. Usually we encourage children to ‘see how it goes’ but in the current circumstances we cannot allow this.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
Thank you for your support.