COVID-19 – update March 2021

COVID-19 – update March 2021
Posted On: September 23, 2020 1:58 pm

Easter Holidays – Could we ask if you’re child tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID_19), having developed symptoms within 48 hrs since being in school you contact us 07597 546659

Where a pupil tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Home testing throughout the Easter holidays 

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term.

  • test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • test before returning to school ,either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases

Families and households can also access home test kits for adults

Thank you for all your support and kind words during this term, it has been lovely to see the school full with our students again.

Have a wonderful break and we will welcome our students back on Monday 19th April 2021.



Home testing – Update March 2021

Students with consent will continue to take twice weekly tests using a home test kit provided by the school.  Each testing kit contains three individual lateral flow tests (this differs from the letter which previously advised 7).  Tests need to be taken twice weekly – 3-5 days apart.  We recommend testing on a Monday and a Friday.  Your child will be given 4 boxes to take home with them on completion of their third in school test. This will be enough tests for 6 weeks.

Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays.

The home testing kits will only be provided to those students we have consent for.

The school will keep a record of home tests that have been issued and these tests are for the students only.  If another family member requires further tests you can arrange this by collecting from your nearest collection site

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website:  Please only report positive results to the school by emailing or contacting our main telephone number 0115 982 42 80.

Positive results from the home tests – will need to be confirmed with a confirmatory PCR test.  Whilst awaiting the PCR result, your child and their close contacts should self-isolate.  If the PCR test comes back negative, it overrides the self test lateral flow device (at home only) and your child may return to school and end their period of self isolation.

A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.

If you do have to have your child tested, please do not return them to school before you have had the confirmatory PCR result even if they are now feeling better. 



What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at:

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th. starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information – Further information is available at

Please click on the below links for some useful information:

23rd September – PHE letter to parents and guardians

Flow Chart