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. Omicron symptoms typically include lower back ache, muscle aches, night sweats, sore or scratchy throat, sneezing, intense tiredness.

If the student has symptoms they need to get a PCR test even if their lateral flow test is negative.

If a student tests positive on a home (lateral flow) test then they should stay home, book a PCR test (if symptomatic) and self-isolate. If they have a positive lateral flow test and are asymptomatic then they do not need to get a confirmation PCR test but they do need to self-isolate.

If the student tests negative on both day five and six then they are allowed to finish isolation as long as they have no symptoms.

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.