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Christmas holiday Coronavirus update

Christmas holiday arrangements for managing contact tracing after a positive test result for Covid-19

Schools have been asked by the government to oversee the contact tracing process, for anyone in their school that tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period, for 6 days from the last day of term. Please read the following information carefully.

The school office will not be taking phone calls after 16:00 today (17 December) until Monday 4th January 2021. In the event of a positive test outcome, you should email the school on the following email address:

info@castle.hants.sch.uk

THIS IS TO INFORM US OF A POSITIVE TEST OUTCOME ONLY, and is NOT for general enquiries or to provide any other information. The email inbox will be checked each morning, until 23 December.

We only inform close contacts if they were in contact with the person testing positive within 48 hours before the symptoms first developed. That is because the government say that it is highly unlikely for someone to pass the virus on any earlier than 48 hours prior to when they first became symptomatic (started coughing; high temperature; loss or change in sense of smell and/or taste).

Please use the table below to work out what you need to do:

Date when symptoms first showed (day when child started coughing/had a high temperature/loss of smell/taste)

Test outcome

 

What do I do?

Outcome

Any date before 18 December

Positive

Only email the school if your child was in school in the 48 hours before symptoms first began.

 

School will contact PHE who will assist in identifying who should self-isolate. School will then contact those affected.

 

If your child was absent from school (or it was the weekend) for 48 hours before they started their symptoms then you should not email the school.

 

Your child and family will need to self-isolate for ten days – school should not be contacted as there are no close contacts in school to notify.

18 December

Positive

Was your child in school on 16 or 17 December? If they were, then email the school as soon as test result is known (the latest date to report to the school will be 23 December).

School will contact PHE who will assist in identifying who should self-isolate. School will then contact those affected.

 

 

If your child was not in school on the 16 or 17 December then do not contact the school as your child will not have been in contact with anyone 48 hours before showing symptoms.

 

Your child and family will need to self-isolate for ten days – school should not be contacted as there are no close contacts in school to notify.

19 December

Positive

Was your child in school on 17 December? If they were, then email the school as soon as test result is known (the latest date to report to the school will be 23 December).

School will contact PHE who will assist in identifying who should self-isolate. School will then contact those affected.

 

 

If your child was not in school on the 17 December then do not contact the school as your child will not have been in contact with anyone 48 hours before showing symptoms. If your child was in school on 16 December do no contact the school as this is more than 48 hours before symptoms began.

 

Your child and family will need to self-isolate for ten days – school should not be contacted as there are no close contacts in school to notify.

20 December onwards

Positive

DO NOT contact the school – the last contact with anyone at school was more than 48 hours prior to symptoms first appearing so no contacts within school need to self-isolate

 

Your child and family will need to self-isolate for ten days – school should not be contacted as there are no close contacts in school to notify.

 

 

 

FAQs:

What do I do if my child exhibits coronavirus symptoms after 4pm on 17th December but before Sunday 20th December?

If your child shows any of the main coronavirus symptoms, please arrange for them to have a coronavirus test as soon as possible.

Book a test by clicking here or calling 119. The school will only need to know if the result is positive and the child was in school in the 2 days preceding symptoms starting.

Do not call the school as the telephones will not be answered and the answerphone will not be checked until 4th January.

What do I do if my child tests positive for coronavirus after 4pm on 17th December?

If your child tests positive for coronavirus on or before 23rd December and your child was in school in the 2 days preceding symptoms starting, you MUST inform the school at the earliest opportunity by emailing info@castle.hants.sch.uk. The information we require is as follows

Child’s name:

Child’s class:

Date of test:

Date they became symptomatic:

Date they were last in school:

Do not call the school as the telephones will not be answered and the answerphone will not be checked until 4th January.

What do I do if my child tests positive for coronavirus after 23rd December?

If your child tests positive for coronavirus after 23rd December, please follow all the government guidance and inform school on Monday 4th January if they are unable to attend.

Why do you need to know if my child develops symptoms or tests positive once school is closed?

Public Health England has agreed a 6 day window after the final day of teaching in which schools and further education providers are asked to remain contactable so they can assist with contact tracing where necessary. This will allow enough time for positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to be identified and confirmed by a test and for relevant contacts in the education setting to be traced.

For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, schools have been asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

Where can I find further information about Covid-19?

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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