SEPTEMBER 2021 POSITIVE CASES AND OUTBREAK PLAN

POSITIVE CASES OF COVID 19 FROM SEPTEMBER 2021

When a positive case is confirmed, schools no longer need to identify ‘close contacts’ of the case, this is now the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace. 

 

THAT SAID we will be informing parents if it is known their child has been a close contact and we will also be requesting that all children / staff identified within school would book to take a PCR test in this instance. 

Children/staff can still attend school while awaiting the result. Staff will continue regular home testing also.

We can not prevent any child coming to school if their parents do not wish for them to take a test. We have no authority to force tests, but we hope we will have your support as our aim is to minimise all opportunities for the virus to spread, and ensure all children can remain in school with as few disruptions as possible.

 

Close contacts do not need to isolate as long as one of the following criteria is met:

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

NHS Test and Trace will be in touch with close contacts to advise them to take a PCR test.  This is advisory, not mandatory, but we would recommend following all advice given by NHS Test and Trace.  On rare occasions, NHS Test and Trace may contact your school to help them identify close contacts of a positive case.

Households of Positive Cases 

The households of positive cases do not need to isolate as long as one of the following criteria is met:

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

Further guidance is available at: