I am pleased to report that the DfE has released an update on guidance for pupils who test positive for Covid. This guidance started on the 1st April and it states the following; adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days. Therefore, from now on, children are able to return to school after three days regardless of whether they are still testing positive or not. So, if your child tests positive for Covid on a Monday, they can return to school on the Thursday. This is, of course, if they are well enough to return. I hope this clarifies the situation far more than I was able to previously.
The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
Please see our updated COVID 19 Risk Assessment
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus.
Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.