We are following the Public Health guidance on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.


We have a requirement that all people who are ill stay at home

If you have any of these three coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste), then you must stay off school and book a PCR test. In addition, SMRT guidance is based on the current research and the World Health Organisation information. Anyone with symptoms of headache, gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat and runny nose, must also stay off school until these symptoms cease. These symptoms can be symptomatic of Covid-19 and they are all contagious symptoms that will spread illness to other people.


If a student tests positive on a home (lateral flow) test then they should stay home, book a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days if the PCR also tests positive. Please let attendance know that they will not be in. As part of step 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap, double vaccinated adults and also children will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.


Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.


Other people over 18 years who are not vaccinated or unvaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days if they are in contact with a positive case.


The responsibility for contacting close contacts moves to the NHS test and trace service.