Reporting positive LFD/PCR test results
From 11 January, most people with a positive lateral flow test do not need to take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm they have COVID-19.
LFD tests are to be used by people without COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has one of the core symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – should self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.
In line with the reduced self-isolation approach announced on 22 December, anyone who tests positive can leave self-isolation 7 days after the date of their initial positive test if they receive 2 negative LFD results, 24 hours apart, on days 6 and 7.
IF YOUR CHILD HAS RECORDED A POSITIVE RESULT FOR A LATERAL FLOW TEST WE ASK THAT YOU SUBMIT THESE DETAILS TO THE SCHOOL SLT USING THE LINK BELOW:
WHEN YOU HAVE SUBMITTED A POSITIVE TEST RESULT A MEMBER OF THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM WILL CONTACT YOU TO DISCUSS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January 2022, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature. The day when you developed symptoms or tested positive is counted as day zero.
Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19
People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend nursery while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay-at-home guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Use of face masks
From 5th January, all staff will wear a face covering in communal areas, in the dining room and when offering medical assistance to a child displaying covid symptoms. In addition, staff will wear a face covering when liaising with parents at the classroom door and on the playground. Please be respectful of protecting staff by limiting contact and, if it is necessary to meet face-to-face, please wear a face mask too (unless exempt). Staff are very happy to meet virtually or by phone; please arrange essential appointments by emailing the school office. Only essential visitors will be permitted to enter the school buildings and they will be required to take a LFT prior to their visit and to wear a face mask on site.
Primary-age children are not required to wear a face mask at school, although I know some families prefer their child to wear one. This continues to be acceptable at Prae Wood. Children in Year 5 will need to bring a face mask on their swimming day in case they are required to wear one when attending swimming the Boys’ School.
The Government directive for schools to offer remote learning to children isolating due to Covid-19 remains in place. If your child is required to isolate at home in observation of these rules but they are well enough to complete learning at home (a vast majority of children testing positive remain asymptomatic) this will be provided for them.
In the first instance they can access online learning via their Active Learn account as well as the other learning platforms on offer to different age groups (Mini mash, Purple Mash, TTR) and Miss Rogers will be in touch on the first day of absence to discuss our offer and your requirements. Our offer will be different for different age groups and will depend on the number of positive cases in a class/year group, as well as staffing levels at that specific time. Additionally, we understand parents/carers will have different requirements depending on work commitments and family circumstances.
Google Meets are scheduled as standard every week, for each class, on a Tuesday and a Thursday alongside written content. The meetings are an opportunity for isolating children to log in to see their teacher for a 'catch-up' and the option to receive an explanation regarding the written content available for children to complete.
We will continue to do our very best to provide every child isolating due to Covid-19 with continued provision to learn the curriculum content being covered in class, as long as they are well enough to do so however, the provision will differ from the live teaching offer delivered during lockdown, as teachers are also required to deliver teaching in school concurrently. We appreciate the continued help and support parents/carers are able to provide to their child at home too.
Online learning platforms (Mini mash, Purple Mash, TTR) remain available for all pupils at all times.
Vaccination for at-risk 5-11year olds
On Wednesday 22 December, the government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a primary course of vaccination should be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed. The NHS is working through updated guidance and will set out how this will be implemented. If you need to take your child out of school to take them for their vaccination then please inform the school office as you would for a medical appointment.
IF YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO TAKE YOUR CHILD FOR A PCR TEST PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE RESULT OF THEIR TEST
'If a school or setting has an outbreak there may be further local measures, such as asking siblings of a positive case to isolate and daily testing for secondary school students, that your child may be asked to take'
We will be in touch with further information if this situation does arise.