Covid-19 & School Arrangements
We have been liaising with Environmental Health regarding COVID-19 guidelines, as such, we can confirm the following updated information:
Siblings or anyone in the household who is isolating (due to someone within their household requiring a COVID test) can return to school once a negative test has been proven. Siblings should remain off until a negative test result is back.
Our original guidance was that siblings of the students being tested were to remain at home isolating until symptom free. However, the updated guidance is: if someone has tested positive for COVID, symptoms can last longer than 10 days of isolating.
Coughs in particular can linger, but it does not mean that they remain infectious. Before the confirmed positive person returns to school, they must be clear of a fever for 48 hours and feel well enough to resume normal duties.
We review our Risk Assessment on a weekly basis and work with our colleagues in the Health and Safety Team at Newport City Council. We continue to adhere to the Welsh Governments Operational Procedures for schools.
Please see the new tab on the school website for ‘Distance Learning’ under this tab is a short video guide for both students and parents on how to use Google Classroom.
You will also find all the classroom codes for all subjects here, please ensure your child/children have logged in to all their necessary classes, we will also be working with them on this during tutorial time over the coming week.
Under no circumstances should learners or staff attend the school if they:
Feel unwell with any of the identified COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature; new, continuous cough; or loss of taste or smell). They should remain at home, self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test; have tested positive for COVID-19; or live in a household with another person who has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, COVID-19.
Important Information from the Local Authority
Wider Community Testing.
You may be aware there are now more ways to access Covid-19 testing to help identify cases in your community.
1. Covid testing for 3 cardinal symptoms
If you identify one or more of the three cardinal symptoms-
- New continuous cough
- High temperature
- Change or loss of sense of taste or smell
You must book a PCR test and you and your family must isolate immediately until you receive the test result, which is usually within 24 hours. If the result is positive, you and your household must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team. However, if your result is negative, you can end your self-isolation, when you feel well enough to do so.
2. Covid testing for wider symptoms
The Health board in Gwent is now making testing available for those who identify with one or more of the wider symptoms-
• Flu-like symptoms including aching or painful muscles, excessive tiredness, persistent headache, runny nose or blocked nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
If you consider that you or your family need to book a PCR test for wider symptoms ,The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are operating fourteen testing facilities across the region and getting a test is now quick, easy and convenient with results in most cases returned within 24 hours. Tests can be arranged by phoning 119 or book online: https://gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19.
If you have one of the wider symptoms then you should stay away from school until receiving your result, which is usually within 24 hours.
If the result is positive, you and your household must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team. However, if your result is negative, you can return to school or work when you feel well enough to do so.
3. Asymptomatic testing (no symptoms)
Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms.
In Wales, you can get lateral flow tests for you and your household if:
- you are a volunteer
- you cannot work from home
- you are an unpaid carer
If you get tests through your employer or education setting you should continue to do so.
Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK. You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days.
You can also collect testing kits in person. Find your nearest collection point and opening times (on nhs.uk). You can collect 2 home testing kits (14 tests) at a time.
You should test twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart. Please report rapid lateral flow test results (on GOV.UK) the day you or someone in your household takes the test.
If your test is positive you should book a PCR test within 24 hours of the positive lateral flow test result.
If you develop any symptoms you should book a PCR test even if your lateral flow test result was negative.
Useful Links and Information
Please see below a list of useful links and news updates that we have shared on this website: