I am sure that the news of another change to isolation periods, so soon after the previous change, has left people with a range of emotions and confusion. This is absolutely understandable and it is our intention to try and make this as clear as possible for our families.
Regardless of the changes, it is important to remember that anyone who displays Covid-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell) must have a PCR test and not an LFD. This would still be the case if they have previously had a Covid-19 infection.
What are the new isolation rules?
- The isolation period is still 10 days but can be reduced to 5 full days (as long as your child is well enough and without a temperature) and receives 2 consecutive negative LFD results, which were taken 24 hours apart.
- The earliest they should take the first LFD test is on day 5
- Any positive test after a first negative test would mean that the first negative is null and void . This would reset the isolation period and your child would still require 2 consecutive negative tests from this point forward.
- You must register results with the NHS Website here and you must email both those results to school.
- You can order a pack of LFD tests here
TO RETURN ON THE DAY OF A SECOND NEGATIVE TEST, BOTH TESTS WOULD NEED TO BE TAKEN BEFORE 9AM.
In addition to the information above, the chart below provides scenario examples to present what isolation periods may look like for families. Please click on the image to download the document.