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Covid-19 Update

People with coronavirus

· From 24 February, the legal requirement to self-isolate if you have coronavirus ended.

· People who test positive for coronavirus are advised to stay at home for at least five full days and then continue to stay at home until they have two negative tests on consecutive days.

· From 1 April, the government will provide updated guidance on ongoing steps people with coronavirus should take to minimise contact with others.

Pupils

Pupils who have coronavirus should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test from five days after their symptoms started, or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, followed by another test on the next day. They can return to school if both these tests are negative, and they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. 

 

The DfE has advised that if a parent insists their child attends school when they have tested positive or are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, the school can refuse the pupil’s attendance if it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with coronavirus.

Close Contacts

Fully-vaccinated close contacts, close contacts under 18 and adult contact who are not vaccinated or not fully- vaccinated no longer have to self-isolate or test daily.

The UKHSA guidance says that people who live in the same household as someone with coronavirus, or those who have stayed overnight in the same household, are at high risk of becoming infected. For the 10 days following the close contact, individuals are advised to:

· Minimise contact with the person with coronavirus.

· Avoid contact with people who are at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they get coronavirus.

· Limit close contact with those outside their household.

· Wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and when they are in close contact with others.

· Order a PCR test if they develop symptoms and stay home while they wait for the results.

Pupils should continue to attend school as normal even if they have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

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