Positive Lateral Flow COVID-19 Result
If the lateral flow test result is positive then the individual must book a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the result - Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). They and everyone who lives with them must self-isolate unless they are exempt under the new guidance from the Executive on 16th August Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If the PCR test result is positive, the individual, their household and all other close contacts must complete a full 10 days of self-isolation unless they are exempt under the new guidance from the Executive on 16 August 2021.
Contact tracing to identify close contacts in the school and in the community will be carried out by the Public Health Agency. They will ring from the number 028 9536 8888. Please save this number on your phone so you will recognise it if they need to ring you, and please answer if they call.
If the PCR test is negative, the individual and anyone else they live with who is isolating can end the isolation period and return to school as normal.
The LFD testing programme is only for people with no symptoms. If a person has symptoms, they should follow the existing public health advice, isolate with their household, book a PCR test in the normal way and follow the advice of the contact tracing service if the PCR is positive.
Notify the School of Pupil Absence via IRIS Parentmail
Parents are asked to inform the school via IRIS Parentmail, if their son/daughter receives a positive lateral flow test for COVID-19 and are self-isolating or if their son/daughter has been identified as a close contact. The relevant staff will then be notified and the absence recorded as per DE guidelines.
If you need to speak to someone about a pastoral issue, please email email@example.com. Please include pupil name and class so this can be directed to the Form Teacher.
Alternatively, and also if there is a safeguarding issue, you can reach a senior member of staff via the pastoral email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed case of COVID-19 in School setting – Information for Parents and Staff from PHA
Useful Advice for returning to school after lockdown
A return to school after lockdown may be a worrying time for pupils and parents. The links below provide some useful advice for both pupils and parents.
Childline - advice for young people who might be worried about going back or starting school
Young Minds -advice for parents supporting their children’s return to school post lockdown
Supporting pupils following loss during Covid-19