Update on wearing of face coverings

In accordance with government guidelines, from today we are no longer requiring staff or pupils to wear face coverings in communal areas or classrooms. This will become a matter for personal choice. We will review as we go, depending on advice from local Public Health / change in government policy.

 

Home Testing Information - Update

Thank you for your continued support with Covid-19 home testing. If your child was participating in home testing they should have brought home a new set of kits on Wednesday 26th January.

We know how important it is for you to be able to send your child to school.

You should encourage your child to continue testing and report results twice a week, at home.

If you require more kits these can be obtained from Pupil Support or you can also order more online through gov.uk or collect from your local pharmacy. The test kits are available to all pupils even if they have not taken part in school testing.

Recording Results

It is important that you record your child’s test results (both negative or positive) on the NHS Test and Trace website each time a test is taken. It is also vital that you record the result on the school portal which can be found here:

https://bit.ly/HHStestresult

You can also access the school reporting form by scanning the QR code below.

 

If the result was positive:

 

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

 

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 their setting 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 an education or childcare setting 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.

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