|E-newsletter #68 Friday 18th December 2020|
Reporting Positive Covid Tests During School Holidays
The government guidance on schools' and parents' responsibility with regard to contact tracing during the Christmas is as follows (taken directly from the government website):
For the second bullet point, if your child tests positive for Covid-19 up to and including 24th December, you should contact me via email at to let me know the date of the positive test result, the date that Covid-19 symptoms began and the date that they were last in school.
Conditional on seeking further guidance, I will contact parents of children who have been identified as having close contact with the affected child or staff member and who must therefore self-isolate along with their household.
Mass Covid Testing In Schools
Earlier this week, the DfE released new guidance on mass testing in schools from January 2021.
The full document Coronavirus asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges can be found here. Below is a summary of the DfE's approach.
From January, rapid-result tests will be provided to schools and colleges, starting with secondary schools and FE colleges, including special schools and alternative provision:
For every group, testing is voluntary, but those who are eligible for tests are strongly encouraged to participate to reduce the risk of transmission within schools and colleges.
In line with routine infection control practice, close contacts who decide not to be tested daily will need to self-isolate in line with guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
At the time of writing this newsletter, there is no detail yet on how this programme will run or indeed a date when it will begin in primary schools and I will, of course, provide updates in due course as further guidance from the DfE becomes available.
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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