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REPORTING COVID TEST RESULTS

Click here to report your child's Covid 19 test results to the school.

If your child tests positive with an LFD test, they should self-isolate and you should order a PCR test to confirm the positive result: 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17th January, the previously 7 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 5 full days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 6.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Reporting Test Results

LFD test results should be reported to:

·  NHS Test &Trace - https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

·  Thameside- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd27DDpnkhI_aIX5g56SPEQwrnVQR2VhBgjvle3OBCZASbgMQ/viewform

Accessing LFD Tests

You can access LFD test kits via pharmacies:

https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

or online: 

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and are exempt from isolation, they are strongly advised to take part in daily testing. If the LFD test is positive, they should also take a confirmatory PCR even if it is within the 90 days. This is a change to the previous position because people can be infected with Omicron even when they have had previous COVID infection. Previously, there was evidence that people were likely to be immune for at least 90 days after infection, but we don’t know whether this is the case with Omicron. 

Thank you for your support in following this guidance.