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Isolation at Westonzoyland:
We currently have an enhanced version of the government guidance in place which has been approved by public health.
- Children and staff should self-isolate and not come to school if they have tested LFD or PCR positive.
- If they are showing symptoms, staff and pupils should self-isolate and book a PCR test. They should not return to school until they have a negative result from that test.
- We are asking that children continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the day of infection as it is impossible to evidence an LFD test.
- Staff may follow guidance about returning on day 8 after negative LFD tests on days 6 and 7. However, this is at the headteacher’s discretion.
- We are asking that household contacts self-isolate and do not attend school until they have a negative PCR test. Then they will continue to LFD test daily until past the 7 day point.
- If an individual is unable or unwilling to take a PCR test then they should self-isolate for 7 days and will be expected to LFD test throughout.
- The Headteacher reserves the right not to allow individuals to attend school if she has valid reason to believe that they pose a health risk to others.
- We recommend that staff, parents and pupils take part in regular LFD testing and at times of outbreak will ask for daily testing from involved staff and pupils.
Points 5 and 6 do not apply to wider close contacts (such as school contacts). Here, children or double vaccinated adults would continue to attend school while booking a PCR test and being vigilant for symptoms. Unvaccinated adults would need to self-isolate.
Covid testing: (please note - the requirement for a confirmatory PCR test has now been removed)
Main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- 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
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
- Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Close contact adults who are not fully vaccinated may need to self-isolate.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
- Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Close contact adults who are not fully vaccinated may need to self-isolate.
What is meant by a contact
A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can be a contact any time from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms (or, if they did not have any symptoms, from 2 days before the date their positive test was taken), and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others. A risk assessment may be undertaken to determine this, but a contact can be:
- anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
A person may also be a close contact if they have travelled in the same vehicle or plane as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.