Covid 19 Information
PAGE LAST UPDATED 18.01.22
Letter from Mr Adlington sent to parents/carers 18.01.22
18th January 2022
This week we have received new guidance regarding our pupils needing to self-isolate. We are awaiting a formal letter from Cheshire East which I will forward to you upon receipt. There is a summary of the new guidance below.
If a child tests positive
If a child tests positive on an LFD or PCR test, they must self-isolate for 5 full days after a positive test. They can return to school on the morning of day 6 provided they test negative on an LFD on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6. All tests should be reported to NHS Track and Trace. If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
The requirement to self-isolate if a household member tests positive has now been removed. If your child is currently self-isolating due to a positive test within your household, they may return to school if they test negative on an LFT.
We ask that you continue routinely test yourself and pupils to ensure that our school community stays safe and healthy.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Letter from Jacky Forster (Director of Education) - the information was sent home to parents/carers on 11th October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
We are writing to update you on the latest position in relation to Covid cases and transmission in our schools and colleges. You will probably have picked up through the media that the number of positive cases of school aged children continues to increase, although very few become very ill or need hospitalisation. Across Cheshire East, the rate amongst children and young people is significantly higher than the rate in our general population.
The council’s education team, public health and our schools have worked closely together to continue to keep children safe and avoid the need to send any full classes or year groups home with a clear ambition to minimise the continued disruption to children’s education.
We have already put in place additional testing capacity into schools and worked with them to develop rapid ‘in school’ screening in secondary schools to enable positive cases to be identified quickly and for these children and young people to isolate.
The Delta variant of Covid is much easier to transmit, particularly within households where family relationships mean that parents and children are in close contact. We recognise the anxiety in families when there are children and young people in class who live in households with positive cases. We are also aware of the challenges many schools are facing in terms of staff absences affecting their ability to keep classes/schools open.
Due to the continuing increase in cases, we have therefore introduced some enhanced temporary measures with immediate effect. This letter sets out the changes we are recommending.
Page 2 of 3
• In view of the high levels of infection within the borough and our neighbouring local authorities, we are recommending that where one individual in a household tests positive, children and young people from that household who attends school or college should:-
o Limit their social contacts.
o Arrange for a PCR test and they should not attend school or college for a minimum of 5 days.
o If the test result is positive the person should self-isolate as required by law.
• We have also introduced enhanced measures in schools, based on a review of individual school case rates. School measures will include:-
o Face masks in communal areas and classrooms depending on the number of cases.
o Reduce mixing in assemblies and other indoor activities across classes /year groups
We would like to emphasise these will be applied on an individual school basis depending on infection rates.
These are temporary measures to support schools and families and have not been taken lightly. We will continue to monitor the case numbers in schools and other education settings, and we will step down these additional measures as soon as infection rates start to reduce.
The vaccination programme for young people aged 12-15 has now started. The programme is delivered by the school age immunisation team from Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (WCHC). We would encourage you to consider providing consent for your child.
Information on school age Covid-19 vaccination and consent can be found on the Trust’s website, including:
• Guidance for parents (including FAQs): Vaccination programme for children and young people.
• UK Chief Medical Officers’ advice on the COVID-19 vaccination for young people aged 12-15.
• Information and resources for young people.
If you have any queries about the Covid-19 vaccination programme please contact the school age immunisation team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful implementation of the vaccination of young people in this age group will be a key factor in reducing positive cases and transmission.
Page 3 of 3
Finally, we would like to emphasise our commitment to minimising the disruption to children and young people’s education and health and wellbeing. These measures are introduced so we can ensure the safety of children and staff, maximise attendance at our schools with reduced transmission and ensure they remain open.
We encourage you to follow the advice provided.
Director of Eduction, Cheshire East
With effect from 16.08.2021 anyone under 18 years old or any fully vaccinated adult will no longer have to isolate if they are a close contact of a positive case.
Instead, they will be contacted by Test and Trace and will be advised to book a PCR test.
There is no requirement to isolate while they await the results of the test.
For more information please visit the NHS website:
Re: Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings
As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12 July that Step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19 July.
One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify 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.
This letter sets out in more detail below how that process will work and what you need to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
Self-isolating and taking a test
- 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 – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. 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.
5. If your child gets 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.
6. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – 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).
Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts
7. 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 Track 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 (see point 1 above) 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, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts (see points 5 and 6 above). Further guidance on these changes to self-isolation will be provided shortly.
We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.