Our full COVID-19 Risk Assessment is available at the below link.
What if my child develops symptoms or has a positive LFD home test?
If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste), or has a positive result on their home LFD test, they must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by using the online link below or calling 119.
If your child tests positive with a LFD test, they may return to school if a subsequent confirmatory negative PCR result is received within 2 days. If the confirmatory PCR result is positive your child will be required to self-isolate.
If your child needs to isolate for either of these reasons, please let us know by emailing the WSE COVID-19 email address.
We also need to be notified of the PCR result when it is available, so we can ensure your child’s absence is recorded correctly. Please use the WSE COVID-19 email address to advise us of PCR results. This will enable us to send work packs home to students that are isolating but not unwell.
Close Contact Tracing
NHS Test and Trace now manage the contact tracing process for any positive cases. In the event of a positive case, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate (unless advised by NHS Test and Trace) 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, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advise them to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Whilst waiting for the PCR test result, staff who do not need to isolate and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.
Home Testing Guidance
As you are aware upon returning to school, our students were asked to take their first two tests at school under the supervision of a trained person. Students will then continue taking twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by the school and we will provide information on reporting test results.
This government announced that households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, could test themselves twice every week at home from Monday 8th March.
Around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms (asymptomatic testing) is important to help stop the virus spreading.
As a school we cannot give test kits to parents, carers or household members. You will need to organise your own tests and this can be done via a number of options detailed below. Please be aware that further options are being explored, but for the moment you can organise a test as set out below:
- Via employers if they offer testing to employees
- At a local test site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. You may need to book an appointment. Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.
- By collecting a home test kit from a test site. You can collect up to four home test kits at a local collection point. Each kit contains seven tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. You can check online if the location is busy before you go. Find your nearest home test kit collection point.
- By ordering a home test kit online. Please do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
The test will come with instructions on reporting test results. If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular hand washing
- social distancing
- wearing a face covering where recommended
There is also more guidance here on who can be tested and how you can get a test.
If a child has tested positive on a PCR in the last 90 days they should not participate in the testing programme, as there is a risk it could display a false positive result.
Please do not contact the school regarding household testing as we will not be able to provide any further information than we have shared above. Thank you.