What if there is a case of Coronavirus in school?
The person with symptoms / positive test must self isolate for 10 days
The people they live with must self isolate for 10 days
If anyone at school tests positive, the whole class / bubble must self isolate for 10 days
What if several people in my household test positive for COVID-19 – how long does a child without symptoms have to stay at home?
Children who do not have symptoms in a household where more than one person has symptoms or has tested positive must remain at home for 10 days from the first person having symptoms and then testing positive. This is because it is likely the infection is spreading in the family from a single source.
Message to parents about collecting household home testing kits
Options for home testing are:
- From the 15 March home testing kits for use by pupils will be distributed to all secondary age pupils
- Since 1 March household testing for anyone age 11 and above living (or in a support/childcare bubble) with someone who attends or works in a school is available by attending a local collection centre these collection centre locations and opening times can be found by using the following link https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
Check if you have coronavirus symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must book a test. Find out how to book a test here.
Advice about re-initiating LFD testing after a positive result and isolation has been completed
If staff have recently (within 90 days) had a positive PCR test for COVID-19, they are likely to have developed some immunity. Individuals are exempt from testing by both PCR and LFD within 90 days of a positive PCR test, unless they develop new symptoms.
However, individuals may choose to take a LFD test after the isolation period, for example as part of a workplace or community testing programme. This should only be done after completion of the required self-isolation period as per the NHS stay at home guidance. If they test positive with a LFD test, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days or longer if symptomatic.
They are still required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90 day window.
Re-starting LFD testing within 90 days is not required but staff members and pupils may choose to re-start testing after their isolation has ended. When making this decision they should consider the following factors:
- Most people will get about 90 days immunity after testing positive although this is not guaranteed
- There is a small a risk that the test can report a false positive
- As prevalence of the virus decreases the likelihood that a positive result is a true positive decreases
- If the test is positive they would need to self-isolate for a further 10 days
- The positive result could be a true positive and may reflect re-infection of the virus