There are a few topics related to Covid that we have been asked to communicate to all parents:
12-15 year olds
Several parents have asked us whether their child’s second vaccination will be available for students in school. The second vaccination will be offered through the school immunisation team, though we have not yet been contacted for a date for this to take place. Therefore, whilst waiting for confirmation of an on-site visit from a SAIS team, schools have been asked to signpost parents to book out-of-school vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system. Any student who missed their first jab in school can similarly book to receive this at a vaccination centre.
16 years or older
Students who have already received their first two doses can now also book their booster jab for 12 weeks after they received their second dose.
Lateral Flow Tests
The guidance remains that students should be undertaking LFD tests twice a week. These continue to be available in school for students to collect as they enter school most mornings. We are managing our stock, so we do restrict them to one box only.
People who are self-isolating with Covid-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an 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 test 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.
The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday, 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6, and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.
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.