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COVID-19 Update – 14 January 2022

Update regarding clarification about isolation timescales and changes to PCR testing requirements

Isolation periods

As you will be aware the government has updated the self-isolation guidance once more. The following extract is from the DfE:

 

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. 

For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. 

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. 

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. 

 

 

Although this officially starts on Monday we believe that it will apply to students who are currently isolating.

Please note, day 1 is the day after a positive LFD test or the onset of symptoms.

 

Changes to confirmatory PCR testing

From Monday 10 January there will be no requirement to follow up a positive LFD, in asymptomatic cases, with a PCR test. A positive LFD will lead straight to isolation. This is apparently a temporary measure (because cases are so high at the moment).

This only applies to asymptomatic testing; if you have symptoms then the government directive is to book a PCR test and isolate until the result is known.

Under this approach, anyone who receives a positive LFD test result should report their result on GOV.UK and must self-isolate immediately but will not need to take a follow-up PCR test.

After reporting a positive LFD test result, contact will be made by NHS Test and Trace so that contacts can be traced.

 

Implications for your child

If your child receives a positive LFD result, as part of the twice weekly testing programme, or whilst undertaking daily LFD tests as a close contact of a positive case, then they should isolate as per the above chart. Please inform the school of the positive result and the day on which the test was taken.

If they have symptoms they should self-isolate and book a PCR test (a negative LFT does not override symptoms).

We will be happy to help confirm the isolation timescales with you!

 

Close contacts – living in the same household as a positive case

The following is taken from the government guidance:

  • if you are aged 18 years 6 months or over and you are not fully vaccinated*, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate
  • if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are not legally required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive

*You are fully vaccinated 14 days after having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine (such as Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna/Spikevax) or one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

 

Close contacts – if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case

If you are identified as a close contact then the legal requirement is to isolate unless exempt – please see below. The following is taken from the government guidance:

 

Exemptions from self-isolation for contacts – You are not legally required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • you’re fully vaccinated
  • you’re below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

If you are aged 5 years and over and have been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, but are not legally required to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to:

  • take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier
  • take this daily LFD test before you leave the household for the first time that day.

 

Implications for your child – If your child is a close contact, or another family member tests positive, they are not required to isolate but should take a LFD test each morning for 7 days. If this turns positive they would then isolate as per the procedures above.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for children aged 12 to 15

If you need information about the Covid-19 vaccinations for your child/ren, including the link to book appointments for the over 12s, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine-for-children-aged-12-to-15/  We have not received confirmation yet as to when our second vaccination session will take place but will convey this information to you as soon as we hear. We do know that this session will be open for first and second vaccinations though.

 

If you need further guidance then we are always happy to help. You can contact the school office on admin@beverleygrammar.co.uk or 01482 881531.