Covid 19 – Isolation FAQ

Isolation

From Monday, 17 January anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.
Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days.
 
For instance, if an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on both day 6 and day 7 to release from self-isolation and return to school, or positive on day 6, then a negative test is required on days 7 and 8, and so on until the end of day 10. After 10 days you are no longer infectious and return to school as normal.
 
Recommended to take these tests in the morning so that if they are negative students can return to school on the same day as the second test.
 

My child has tested positive on a lateral flow test

If your child has tested positive on a lateral flow test they should isolate immediately. There is no longer a need to get a PCR test to confirm the positive result. The same isolation rules above will apply.
 
Any positive cases should be reported by emailing covid19@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk. It is important to do this as it enables us to monitor cases in the school community.

My child has one of the official covid symptoms

(New continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell)
If your child has one of the three official symptoms:  New continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell you should book a PCR test for them. Lateral flow tests are only designed to be used for asymptomatic cases and should not be used if you are displaying symptoms.
 
Any positive cases should be reported by emailing covid19@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk. It is important to do this as it enables us to monitor cases in the school community.

When should my child be tested?

It is strongly recommended for all students to test twice a week on a Monday morning and Thursday morning or the evening before. All results, regardless of what it is should be logged on the government website to help monitor cases in the community. 
 
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