COVID CONTACT AT HALF TERM OR WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED
Contact over Half Term if a child or member of staff tests positive for Covid.
The following advice has been sent to schools by the Department of Education to share with parents and staff about the Half Term holiday.
We recommend all schools ensure staff, parents and carers are aware of the following information and relevant arrangements regarding positive cases in the holidays:
- Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
- For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
- School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching.
Where pupils are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 6 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term.
For the first 6 days after the end of term, schools are not asked to be on-call at all times. Staff responsible for contact tracing may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate (this can be done by text or email). The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and PHE advice service are available to support with any queries you have about positive cases in your school.
So what does this mean for parents at Fairlight.
- If your child tests positive for Covid on Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th you will need to contact the school via firstname.lastname@example.org where you will need to leave your name and contact details. A member of the school will then be in contact with you to discuss this further and advise as to what action we will need to take, what you will need to do and who we need to contact.
- PLEASE DO NOT POST OF FACECHAT OR INSTABOOK. TELL US FIRST.
- The Work at Home email address will be monitored at 9am and 3pm daily on these dates.
- Up until Thursday 24th December 2020 if a member of your child's bubble tests positive for Covid we may be in contact with you to advise about isolating depending on the circumstances.
- If your child or a member of your child's bubble tests positive outside of this time (after the 24th) you can contact us when we return in January 2021 to update us.
- DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL ONCE SCHOOL HAS CLOSED FOR HALF TERM- email email@example.com
Update from DfE: Self-isolation period reduced from 14 days to 10 days
Self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) as it breaks the chains of transmission. After reviewing the evidence, the Department for Health and Social Care is now confident that we can reduce the number of days that contacts self-isolate from 14 days to 10 days. This was set out in the UK Chief Medical Officers' statement on the self-isolation period on 11 December.
From today, the self-isolation period for close contacts of a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed from 14 to 10 days. This change applies to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before today. This means that if you are on the 11th, 12th or 13th day of your current self-isolation period today – you can stop isolating. Any new cases identified for self-isolation will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
We have updated our guidance to reflect this change.
The NHS test and trace app will be updated to reflect the change on Wednesday 17 December. Anyone who is, or has been, contacted by the NHS app to self-isolate before 17 December can reduce their isolation period by 3 days. From 17 December the NHS app will tell people to self-isolate for 10 days.
ISOLATION AND CONTACTS
If you have not had direct contact with someone who has tested positive you do not need to isolate.
We have seen an increase in the number of people either having to take tests or being told to isolate.
To clarify a key point for all parents.
In all instances we would ask that you contact the School Office and speak to Julianna who can advise you correctly as to what to do and what will now happen. This is so that we can then advise parents and ensure everyone who needs to know is told officially- and not via Whatsapp or the Argus.
To help with a few other points we have answered a few simple questions here:
Do I get a test if I have the symptoms?
Yes if you or any member of your household show any of the symptoms then they should be tested.
Do we all need to get a test?
No. Only those who show the symptoms should be tested. Anyone with direct contact with them (living in the same house for example) should isolate.
My eldest has been sent home from school because someone in their class has tested positive. Do I need to keep my other children at home?
No. They have not had direct contact with the child who tested positive. They are fine to come to school unless they show symptoms- whereby they should then be tested.