FAQs based on the Government guidance from Jan 2nd 2022

What are the symptoms of Covid 19, with the Omicron variant?

  • Still look out for the classic symptoms of Covid: high temperature, loss of taste/smell and/or a dry, persistent cough.

  • But also look out for these newer symptoms associated with Omicron: a headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat.

If my child has any symptoms, what should I do?

  • Please don't assume or decide for yourself that your child doesn't have Covid, if your child is showing any of the symptoms, book a PCR test (lab processed), do not rely on a LFT test.

  • With symptoms, they need a negative result from a PCR test (lab processed) in order to be allowed back to school.

  • With symptoms, a negative result from a lateral flow test (self-test kit) isn't good enough for your child to be allowed back to school.

  • While you wait for a test and for the result, do not send your child into school. We are aware that the wait for PCR Test results can be longer than usual, given the high demand, but it is important to wait for the results.

  • Contact the school as soon as you can to let us know that they have symptoms and you are waiting for a test result. Use this email address: absence@wildern.org

 

If my child develops symptoms at school, what will happen?

  • We will contact you, asking you to come and collect your child so they can self-isolate until they have a PCR test.

  • While your child waits for you to collect them, we will isolate them within school.

  • If you send your child into school with symptoms, we will isolate them and require you to come and collect them. Please do not get cross with us: we are simply applying the guidance to keep everyone safe.

 

What should I do if my child tests positive for Covid?

  • Please let us know at school by emailing: absence@wildern.org

  • Your child will need to self-isolate.

  • This is new: If on days 6 and 7 they have negative lateral flow tests (24 hours apart) and they do not have a high temperature, then their isolation ends at the end of day 7, and they can return to school on day 8.

  • If they have a positive lateral flow test result on days 6 or 7 then they need to isolate for 10 days, returning on 11th day

  • The first day of self-isolation is when they first show symptoms.

  • If they had no symptoms, the first day of the 7-day isolation period is the day of the test.

  • Self-isolation means your child cannot go out or have friends/visitors at home.

  • If your child is unable to take a LFT test they will need to complete the full 10 day period of self isolation.

 

What happens if my child is a close contact to someone who has tested positive?

  • If NHS track and Trace has been in touch, follow their advice.

  • If not, then your child doesn't have to self-isolate.

  • This is new: Instead, they should do a lateral flow test every day for 7 days.

  • They should try to limit the number of people they have contact with for 7 days but can still come to school.

  • However, if they develop symptoms, they should have a PCR test (lab processed test) and isolate until the result if this test is known.

 

Will the restrictions that were put in place last term still be in place at the start of this term?

  • You will recall that last term we strongly required all students to wear face coverings in lessons as well as in corridors. This was a temporary measure until the end of the Autumn term.

  • Important: The government has now confirmed that all students should wear face coverings in lessons, as well as in all indoor communal spaces until January 26th, unless exempt from wearing a face covering.

  • Students need to bring masks into school and expect to wear them in ALL indoor spaces but remove them when outside.

 

If my child has had Covid in the past, should they still test for Covid?

  • Yes please. Please send them to school tomorrow.

  • This is new: The DfE has confirmed that even if someone has tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 90 days and they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19, are exempt from isolation, they are strongly advised to take part in daily testing. If the LFD test is positive, they should also take a confirmatory PCR even if it is within the 90 days.

  • This is a change to the previous position because we know people can be infected with Omicron even when they have had previous Covid infection.

 

How will the school manage the national shortage of test kits?

  • The school has sufficient stock to complete the onsite Covid tests due to take place tomorrow.

  • The supply line for LFTs to schools is different to those for the rest of the country. I am told the Department for Education has made arrangements to ensure schools have the tests needed.

 

When and how will the school issue testing kits for my child?

  • When your child comes in to be tested on 4th January, they will be given their testing kits to take home.

  • They need to test every Wednesday and Sunday and record their results on our google form and to the NHS Track and Trace. https://forms.gle/ooKuDJcAZnV537Dt9  and  NHS Test and Trace. 

  • The final test from this batch of kits will be on Wednesday 26th Jan. 

  • More LFD test kits will be sent out during the week beginning 24th Jan.

 

Is there any further news on vaccinations?

  • The second dose of vaccinations are due to be given towards the end of February.

  • We will be in touch with more information about the vaccinations later on this term.

 

Where can I find details of the start of term testing and remote learning arrangements?

  • You will find these on our website, from the tab ‘News and Events’, COVID info, COVID 2021-22. https://www.wildern.org/news/covid/covid-19-advice-and-info/

  • This is new: If your child has tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days, it is now recommended that they still attend the onsite LFT testing, once they have completed their isolation period. This a change to the previous advice, due to unknown factors of the Omicron variant.