Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.
People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
Covid Testing - LFT or PCR?
Worried about how to test for Covid? Help is at hand!
Our school office is receiving a large number of calls from parents and carers regarding the changes to Covid testing regulations. We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and Government documents are not easy reading. Please see the Devon County Council document in the link below which will hopefully answer any questions you may have.
URGENT UPDATE 03 July 2021
The email below has been sent to parents of year 4 today. If you have been working with Year 4 please stay at home. We will be in touch on Monday morning.
We are sorry to inform you that a child in Year 4 has tested positive to Coronavirus. We understand how difficult this is for you all, both in terms of child care/work and the concerns around health. We will, unfortunately have to close our Year 4 bubble and your child will need to isolate for 10 days, ending at 12 midnight on Saturday 10th July
We will be in touch again on Monday morning with a plan of action to provide work for your children and meals for those who are entitled to Free School Meals.
Please note at this moment in time only your child needs to isolate at home, unless they are showing symptoms in which case you will need to get them tested and everyone in the household will need to isolate until a negative test is received. Please check the Covid Government website for further advice.
Mrs Noble and the Castle Team.
For information on financial support, during a period of isolation- copy and paste this link ...