Information on changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings from 19th July 2021
Students should continue home testing throughout the summer holidays and kits either can be collected from your local pharmacy or ordered online. As of 19th July, education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing.
From 19 July, as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. Parents or carers may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts. NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.
The key points are set out below:
- If your child has symptoms they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a PCR test for them. If the PCR result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the PCR result is positive, they, other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
- If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test they and other members of the household should self-isolate. You should immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the LFD), other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
- PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
- PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also communicate the result to the education or childcare setting during term time or summer provision.
- If your child receives a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.
- You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below
- At present, anyone identified as a close contact is legally required to self-isolate and must not attend their education or childcare setting (the only exception is if they are participating in a daily contact testing trial). Anyone identified as a non-household close contact by NHS Test and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of their most recent contact with that person. If they live in the same household, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of that person developing symptoms or, if that person was asymptomatic, the date of their test (see point 2 above). NHS Test and Trace will notify you of the day on which the self-isolation period ends.
- Close contacts are also advised to take a PCR test. If the test result is negative, they must still complete the full self-isolation period, as the test will not detect all positive cases. If the result is positive, they will need to self-isolate for a further 10 days – and NHS Test and Trace will contact them to identify any close contacts.
From 16 August children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to be fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to be vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.
Information for September 2021 Return to School
As your child will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils and college students should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term.
Submitting Covid 19 Home Testing Results
Covid 19 Lateral Flow Test Result recording for Lincoln Castle Academy.
The school is required to keep a register of tests undertaken by our students. The data you enter will be visible to a small number of staff who are responsible for the track and trace system within the school.
Please click on the following link to register your negative test results: Test Result
Please be aware that you should also upload all test results to the NHS via their website:
If you are reporting a positive test result please telephone or email the school so that we can trace any contacts and take precautionary actions as quickly and effectively as possible.
Households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery-age children, primary and secondary-school age children, and college students can also collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point or pharmacy. Each pack contains 7 tests:
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