Covid-19 Guidance & Self Testing

Since the start of the school year, Kenton School has operated Lateral Flow Testing for those families who have consented for their child to take part.  The mature attitude of all pupils has been exemplary throughout.

Whilst the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are, a new continuous cough, a high temperature and/or a loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), these are not the only symptoms and these symptoms do not always present themselves. It is therefore important that students do not attend school if they are feeling unwell for any reason. Please ‘think COVID-19’ first. If your child attends school with any symptom then we will contact home and they must return to isolate until a PCR result has been received. This is on the advice of Public Health.

Public Health have advised that there have been cases in Newcastle where people have had a runny nose and headache and thought it was hayfever but have gone on to test positive for covid. Please be mindful that cold like symptoms, including a runny nose, could be Covid. Your child must take a PCR test before returning to school, students will not be allowed back into lessons until a PCR result has been shared with the school.

This link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test will take you to the test booking site. If you go through the questions you will get asked why do you want/need a test and there is the option to select “I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional”. If you choose this option you will be able to book a test.

All secondary aged pupils and students in school and college (year 7 and above) should take a test twice a week 3 to 4 days apart. Students have been given home test kits (LFT/LFD) and should report their results to NHS Test and Trace, as well as school. If your child does not have any tests then they can be received from their Form Tutor.

NHS - Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result

Kenton School – Kenton Result Log

Positive rapid lateral flow test results (LFT/LFD)

Anyone with a positive test result will need to:

  • self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance (if they test positive at school, you should arrange for them to be collected)

  • book a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result, whether the test was done at home, school or college

 

If the PCR test is taken within the 2 days following the positive LFD result, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and your child can return to school or college, as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms, should book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of their test are known.

This link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test will take you to the test booking site. If you go through the questions you will get asked why do you want/need a test and there is the option to select “I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional”. If you choose this option you will be able to book a test.

How to do a Covid-19 self-test

Your child has been given a step by step guide for testing and you can also watch this video on how to perform the test.

Please watch the following video that will show you the process from start to finish.

How to do a Covid-19 self-test

If you’re the parent or guardian of a child who’s been told to self-isolate

If you’re not legally required to self-isolate, but you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, you could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment if all the following apply:

  • you’re the parent or guardian of a child in your household who is self-isolating, and you need to take time off work to care for them

  • your child is aged 15 or under, or aged 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, normally attends an education or childcare setting, and has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting

  • you’re unable to work from home and will lose income because you have to care for your child while they are self-isolating

  • you meet all the other eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment

You can find details of how to apply here

Updated information

From Monday 19th July, Government guidance is changing slightly.

However, currently Newcastle Local Authority positive cases of Coronavirus are almost 2.5 times higher than England average.

Newcastle = 868 per 100,000

England = 351 per 100,000

Therefore, Newcastle schools are encouraged to continue following their current risk assessments that include wearing facial coverings in enclosed spaces such as walking around the building and when on transport, to maintain social distancing, to wash hands regularly and to be outside in fresh air whenever possible.  Students are also encouraged to wear facial coverings when in lessons, but this does remain a choice.

 

Test and Trace and ‘close contact’

A main change from Monday is that Test and Trace will now assume close contact tracing.  Until this point, the school has identified close contacts and communicated to parents.  NHS Test & Trace will contact those who test positive – or their parent or legal guardian – to identify close contacts. They will ask a series of specific questions to help the individual understand what is meant by a close contact, making it easier for them to be identified. Being in a school with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

If someone tests positive for Covid19 and you are identified as a close contact, Test and Trace will contact you direct to talk you through the next steps.

Those who have already been identified as a close contact must isolate as directed.  They cannot return to school until their isolation period has ended.

 

What happens from 19 July if a student tests positive with an LFD test?

If a student has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test after 19 July they and other members of the household should self-isolate. They, or their parent, should notify the school that they will not be attending setting on the basis of the LFD test result. The student should order an immediate confirmatory PCR test.

If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless they have developed symptoms or been instructed to self-isolate by Test and Trace for other reasons). The student should inform the school and return to face to face learning.

If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the LFD), they and other members of their household must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of the LFD test (or the date their symptoms began, if they were symptomatic). They should inform the school that they have had a positive PCR test result and will not be attending the setting for the period of their isolation. They should learn remotely during this period if they are well enough to do so.

Individuals should only be asked to stay home for Covid-related reasons if:

• they or someone in their household is symptomatic

• they or someone in their household has tested positive with a PCR or LFD  (they may return if a positive LFD result is followed by a subsequent confirmatory PCR within 2 days)

To summarise, from Monday 19th July:

  1. Pupils will continue to wear facemasks in enclosed areas such as corridors and on transport

  2. Wash hands regularly (including immediately at the start of the day) and use hand gel in classrooms

  3. If displaying symptoms, pupils must remain at home and book a PCR test

  4. If a pupil has a positive C19 test result inform NHS Test and Trace immediately of the result and inform the school

  5. Test and Trace will lead on all close contact tracing

  6. If your child has been identified as a close contact, regardless of when, they must complete their isolation period and cannot return to school until afterwards

 

We will be issuing a full reopening plan for September once we have the guidance through regarding mass testing and risk assessments.

I appreciate that guidance is changing rapidly and we might not have all of the answers yet but if you have any questions, please do let me know.

If you have any questions, please email admin@kenton.newcastle.sch.uk for the attention of Miss Gibson, as the Covid Coordinator for Kenton School

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