What if a close contact at school tests positive? (Updated on 19th July 2021)
At present, anyone identified as a close contact is legally required to self-isolate and must not attend their education or childcare setting (the only exception is if they are participating in a daily contact testing trial). Anyone identified as a non-household close contact by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of their most recent contact with that person. If they live in the same household, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of that person developing symptoms (see point 1 above) or, if that person was asymptomatic, the date of their test (see point 2 above). NHS Test and Trace will notify you of the day on which the self-isolation period ends.
Close contacts are also advised to take a PCR test. If the test result is negative, they must still complete the full self-isolation period, as the test will not detect all positive cases. If the result is positive, they will need to self-isolate for a further 10 days – and NHS Test and Trace will contact them to identify any close contacts.
From 16 August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts (see points 5 and 6 above). Further guidance on these changes to self-isolation will be provided shortly.
If my child/I have symptoms of Coronavirus
If your child has symptoms, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a PCR test for them via the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) service or by calling 119. If the PCR result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the PCR result is positive, they, other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
Can my family get tested for Covid-19?
Regular rapid testing is now available for parents, their households and bubbles via the school household testing programme, please see further information below.
If family members experience COVID-19 symptoms, they must follow standard government guidance, including self-isolating immediately and booking a test through the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) service or by calling 119.
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Green Lane Key Worker Provision
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school. All other pupils and students will receive remote education at home.
Green Lane Key Worker Provision
If you are eligible for key worker provision at Green Lane or you would like more information, please contact Mrs Creswell via the school enquiries email@example.com.
Pupils in school as part of the key worker provision will continue to progress through the curriculum using the online lessons provided by their teachers. All pupils will have a quiet place to work and access to a device. Pupils should bring their own headphones, a packed lunch and any books/equipment necessary to complete their classwork. All pupils will be supervised by a member of staff at all times and the health & safety precautions detailed in our risk assessment will continue to be followed closely.
Children with an EHCP will work closely with a member of staff to ensure that they are supported whilst completing their online learning.
Free School Meals
Applying for free school meals (FSM)
If the financial situation of your family has changed since the pandemic and you think that your child may now be eligible for free school meals, you can find our more information and apply via this Department for Education website link.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has temporarily extended free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This temporary extension is continuing and covers both pupils who are attending school and who are at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
See guidance on the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.
Pupils currently in receipt of free school meals
Following the recent announcement from the government, from Monday 18th January 2021 schools will be sending Edenred vouchers via email to those children currently in receipt of free school meals. Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem in store by either:
presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
presenting a paper copy of the voucher
More information about this scheme and a list of possible supermarkets that the vouchers can be used at can be found here.
Other support for families
Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area.