We would like to give you an update on the Government and Education Authority's guidelines for Covid-19
CLOSE CONTACTS (households)
If someone tests positive in your household everyone in your household must book a PCR test as soon as possible and again for the 8th day. Anyone who tests positive should isolate for 10 days. Young people aged 5-18 should isolate until they get their results. If the result is negative, they can return to school, but are advised to do a lateral flow test every morning before coming to school on days 3-7.
CLOSE CONTACTS (non-households)
If the young person is identified as a close contact by the Public Health Agency, they will be required to go for a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. There is no need for them to isolate while they are waiting for their results unless they have symptoms of covid-19. If the results come back negative, they can attend school, but are advised to do a lateral flow test every morning before coming into school on days 3-7. If the PCR is positive, they must stay at home and isolate for 10 days.
YOUNG PERSON HAS SYMPTOMS
They must book a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until they get the result. If its negative they may return to school. If the result is positive, they must isolate for 10 days. Parents need to advise the school if the young person has tested positive.
POSITIVE RESULT FROM A LATERAL FLOW TEST
The pupil must stay at home and book a PCR test. They cannot come into school until they receive the results from a PCR test.
Anyone who is recognised as being in contact with someone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant, must isolate for 10 days regardless of their age or vaccination status this is regardless of whether you test positive or negative with a PCR test. You will be contacted by the Public Health Agency who will inform you of the latest guidelines and what is expected of you. This will be the case regardless of whether it is household or non-household close contact.
Covid symptoms remain the same
A high temperature
A new continuous cough
Loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste.
If a pupil has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days and are identified as a close contact, they do not need to get a PCR test or isolate, unless they get symptoms again. Then they must isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if the symptoms are mild.
Parents must send in all PCR test results to school regardless of whether they are positive or negative, If a pupil has tested negative, they will not be able to return to school until a copy of their PCR result is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It must include the pupils name, date of birth, date of the test result and the result.
If you have any questions or are looking for advice, please contact Mrs Lynda Murray on 0287032981