If students are identified as close contacts by the NHS or school then they should remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days. There is no need for anyone else who is linked to a close contacts (friendship group or household) to also self-isolate unless they develop symptoms.

The government guidance states: Contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 infection who need to self-isolate will be notified accordingly.

If you have not been notified, this means you do not need to self-isolate.’
It also advises that: ‘If you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms, other people living with you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance.’
A person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic (or 2 days before a test if no symptoms) up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). For schools purposes, a close contact can be:
 
  1. a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
    • being coughed on o having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
    • contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact.
  2. a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes,
  3. a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
They must self-isolate, in line with government guidance. Public Health England have made it clear that instructions from schools to pupils and staff to self-isolate if they are close contacts should be seen as legally binding as the school are working on behalf of and on the advice of the DfE and PHE.

As such, students who are asked to self-isolate by school must follow the government guidance: They must self-isolate, in line with government guidance. Public Health England have made it clear that instructions from schools to pupils and staff to self-isolate if they are close contacts should be seen as legally binding as the school are working on behalf of and on the advice of the DfE and PHE. As such, students who are asked to self-isolate by school must follow the government guidance: ‘Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. Do not go outside even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise must be taken within your home. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.’
No. The government guidance is clear: ‘If you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should not arrange for testing.’ You should only arrange for a test for your child if they develop any Covid symptoms. If you do arrange for your child to be tested for Covid-19 they, and the whole household, should self-isolate until the test result is received.
If you are unsure about the measures that we have put in place in school to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, please refer to our risk assessment, which can be found on the school website.

Students learn best when they have a teacher in front of them. Online learning is not a substitute for this and should only be used where students are self-isolating. It is important that our students are in school whenever possible to minimise disruption to their learning.

Any absences that are not linked to self-isolation or illness will be unauthorised.