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Daily Testing for Close Contacts - from Tuesday 14th December 2021 - letters sent to parents / carers

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19

From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Daily testing by close contacts will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 will help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.

Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact - or notified by school that there has been a positive test result within a class -  all eligible staff, pupils and students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System (see instructions on lateral flow box) and to their setting - please email office@jacksdale.notts.sch.uk with your child's name, class and test result. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting.

If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.

 

Symptoms in Individuals:

Any individual who presents with one of the following symptoms must be directed to order a PCR test and should self-isolate until the results are returned:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

 

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Should any further new cases be reported in school, we will notify parents / carers of individual classes, who should then follow the guidance above and ensure that children who are 5 and over undertake daily lateral flow tests each morning before coming to school.  Once the lateral flow test has been done, please email office@jacksdale.notts.sch.uk to confirm their test results  In the email please note your child's name, class and result. 

 

We thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Miss Brockerton

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