Home Testing Information - Update

 

Thank you for your continued support with Covid-19 home testing.

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.

More home testing kits will be sent home shortly. 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:

 

 

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

  • Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period.
  • Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.
  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.

This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. 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 and return to your education setting from day 8.

Health and social care workers, including those working in education settings, should follow guidance for their sector on taking LFD tests on day 8, 9 and 10. For more information, visit COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

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.

 

Should you have any further questions regarding student home testing or need support from the school, please contact us on: : admin@hillsidehigh.co.uk.

 

Guidance

 

 

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