Summary of the new Covid-19 changes affecting schools (Updated January 2022)
Please find below the changes to the isolation period that has been published by the DFE today that comes into effect from Monday 17th January.
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (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 of their tests 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.
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.
Coronavirus - Information for Families
Please ensure that you know and follow the new self-isolation rules. If there is someone with covid in the family, you will need to follow the self-isolation rules and report this to the office. No one should come onto the school site with covid. If there is covid in your household, your child should take a PCR test - if this is negative, they can attend school. If this is the case, we would ask them to do regular lateral flow tests to try and mitigate the chance of potential transmission.
The school would need to add additional measures and contact public health if there are 5 positive results within ten days. This could involve asking close contacts to isolate. Please ensure that you have plans in place to cover this eventuality. We are doing all that we can to avoid this happening. Sticking to year groups will limit the chance of infection spreading across the school.
We will continue to review how we are working to ensure that everything we do is focused on supporting the children to develop in all areas, taking measures to ensure that their mental health and well-being is catered for alongside the full curriculum offer.
Coronavirus - information for children
"You're all going to be really, really important in slowing down the spread of this disease."
Public Health England have advised that adults can support children by watching Newsround viewers put their questions to Drs Chris and Xand vanTulleken of CBBC's Operation Ouch.
Please click on the link below for essential viewing for speaking to children about the disease.
The Children's Commissioner has also published the following information:
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111
Childline has a really good page about the coronavirus that might be worth looking at with 10 tips to cope during lockdown:
Latest Guidance from the DfE: