St Julians School

Covid-19

As Welsh Government review any of the controls that were necessary to combat the Coronavirus pandemic we will continue to follow the basic system of controls for infection control, established by Public Health Wales. These controls will minimise risks of the virus spreading and mirror those in the wider population.

They include:

  • a requirement that people stay at home and self-isolate if they:
    • have symptoms of COVID-19, whether they feel unwell or not
    • have tested positive, even if asymptomatic
    • have been advised by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect to do so
  • good hand and respiratory hygiene in learners and staff members
  • appropriate ventilation measures on school premises and regular cleaning
  • actively working with Track Trace Protect

Welsh Government guidance on self-isolation (updated 28 Jan 2022)

Guidance from Welsh Government has been updated regarding self-isolation when somebody in your household has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus. If a person is currently self-isolating as a positive case, or tests positive for Covid-19, they must self-isolate for 5 full days and should take a lateral flow test on day 5 and another test 24 hours later on day 6.

If both results are negative, it is likely they are not infectious and can stop isolating.

Anyone who tests positive on either day 5 or day 6 must continue to self-isolate until they have 2 negative tests taken 24 hours apart or until day 10, whichever comes first (see Welsh Government summary below).

                                               

Lateral Flow Device Testing (LFD)

There is an emphasis on the greater use of lateral flow tests (LFD) this term. Secondary aged pupils and all school staff will now be asked to test three times a week to help support reducing the spread of this virus within our communities. Staff and pupils should continue to take their Lateral flow tests even if they have tested positive in the last 90 days.If you would like your child to take part, please complete the consent form here (The form can also be found on the useful link section on the School Gateway app). Only when parental consent is given will students be able to initially collect a kit from Student Reception and Student Support Centre during break and lunchtime. Further kits are distributed every Week 1 on a Friday during form time.

All students are able to take lateral flow tests three times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening. 

Anyone who tests positive using a LFD test:

  • must not attend school and report the test online
  • must notify the school of the result via covid19@stjuliansschool.co.uk
  • will be contacted by the local contact tracing team
  • must follow the advice given by the local contact tracing team
  • A negative test result does not remove the risk of transmission
Symptomatic

If you have any new symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. If the result is positive, you must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started and for at least 5 full days. If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 5 full days.

If either of the LFTs taken on day 5 or day 6 is positive, you should remain in self-isolation until 2 negative LFTs or day 10 whichever is sooner. - please email covid19@stjuliansschool.co.uk when two negative LFD results carried out to advise us of a return to school.

A positive result indicates that you are likely to still be infectious and the risk of you passing on coronavirus to others is high. If the result of the LFT test you take on day 5 is positive, wait 24 hours before you take the next test.

If you still have a high temperature after 7 full days, even if the LFT is negative, you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.

You do not need to continue self-isolating for more than 6 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks following a COVID-19 infection.

Positive LFD
If you are notifying us of a positive LFD test result, please ensure the result is also uploaded onto the Welsh Government portal * Please note as of 5 January 2022, if a person who is showing no symptoms has a positive LFD, there is no longer the requirement to have a follow-up PCR, the isolation begins from the day of the positive LFD

Anyone with a positive test result should follow the isolation rules set out at gov.wales/self‑isolation

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Track, Trace and Protect (TTP) Team will continue to inform us of a positive covid 19 case within our school.

Close contacts/household members
If you are a fully vaccinated adult or aged between 5 and 17 you do not need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.
Siblings will no longer need to be sent home with symptomatic family members

Track and Trace (TTP)

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) team will contact you using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. You will be asked to identify recent close contacts of your child and for contact details, if you know them, of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.

  • Close contacts will be identified by TTP and we will support them in this process;

  • Only close contacts identified will receive a ‘warn and inform’ letter. This letter will outline that if you or a student is well and has none of the three cardinal symptoms of Covid-19 (a new persistent cough, fever and/or loss of taste and smell) then they can still attend work/school.

We are asking that all correspondence regarding a positive LFD/PCR test result is shared to covid19@stjuliansschool.co.uk or for a POSITIVE test result during the school day, please contact us via: Tel: 01633 224490 - Option 0

What if my child has Covid/ Isolating?

If your child has to isolate for a period of time, if they are well enough to, home learning will be available to access through Google Classroom following their normal school timetable. 

For any learners who do not have access to google through a computer, mobile phone or another digital device, there is handy guide here of how to access applications through a games console. 

At some point during your child's isolation, the Attendance Officer or Progress Leader will call to check how your child is and offer support.

We shall continue to make changes to our operations based on school and local community rates of infection and thank you in anticipation of your support.  

Please continue following guidance from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

Please remember that there are different rules for Wales and England, so please ensure you understand the rules for Wales. Further details can be found here

Thank you for your continued support and for keeping our community safe.
 
 
 
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