Masks are still to be worn in school

Monday 24th January

Testing and self-isolation

All staff, parents and secondary school age children should continue to do regular non-symptom rapid testing twice weekly. The tests should be 3-5 days apart.

When testing positive

If a staff member or student tests positive by LFT they should self-isolate immediately and order a confirmatory PCR test (ideally within two days). See below:

Temporary PCR Suspension

From 11 January, the government will temporarily remove the need for a confirmatory PCR test for people in England without symptoms who have a positive LFT result. However, anyone who develops one of the three main Covid symptoms - a cough, a fever or a loss of taste or smell - must still take a PCR test as soon as possible, and should stay at home and self-isolate while they wait for the result.

If a staff member or student tests positive, they:

  • Must stay home and self-isolate for a full 10 days from symptoms onset or the date of the positive PCR (LFT result from the 11th January) test (day 0 being date of symptoms onset or positive test result, day one the next day and so on).
  • You may be able to end your self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days. You can take an LFT from six days after the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms), and another LFT on the following day. The second LFT should be taken at least 24 hours later. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result.
  • People ending isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home where possible.

Close contacts

  • All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and six months who are identified as a close contact of a positive case (whether Omicron or not) should take a LFT every day for seven days. They do not need to self-isolate.
    • If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting
    • If they test positive, then they should self-isolate and order a confirmatory PCR test and follow the steps set out above.
  • Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.
  • For students with SEND who struggle to or are unable to self-swab daily for seven days, settings should work with students and their families to agree an appropriate testing route, such as assisted swabbing. Information on further support measures will be provided.

 


How to report a positive COVID result to school

Please do this via email to: attendance@barnhill.school  

Your email should include the following information:

Name of person testing positive:___________________________________

The date of Day 0:________________________

The date of Day 10:_______________________

A screenshot of the NHS email notification received after recording test result at: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

How to report returning to school

Please do this via email to: attendance@barnhill.school

Your email should include the following information:

Name of person testing negative:____________________________________ 

The date of Day 6 testing:________________________________________

A screenshot of the NHS email notification received after recording the Day 6 negative test result at:  https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

The date of Day 7 testing:________________________________________

A screenshot of the NHS email notification received after recording the Day 7 negative test result at: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

 

Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19 using a LFT must self-isolate immediately.