Friday Update – 26th March 2021

26 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Lateral Flow Device Covid-19 Testing

Since our return to school a couple of weeks ago, some parents have been contacting school to ask about Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) now available. Having received advice from Public Health, I can now provide you with some additional information.

The LFD kits enable rapid COVID-19 testing for adults in households with school aged children. These LFD tests are designed to identify adults in the community who may have the virus but have no symptoms. Identifying these people will help limit transmission across the country. These test kits can be collected or ordered online, many of you may have already ordered your test kits. Visit this website for more details about how to order https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests .

It is essential to remember these tests are used to test adults without symptoms, twice a week.Government advice states these LFD tests are not for primary age pupils under any circumstances.

Adults who have accessed these kits should test themselves twice weekly and report each result online within 24 hours. If an adult without symptoms tests positive with one of these LFD tests then the whole household must isolate and they must book a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. These tests are more accurate but take a little longer to process as they are processed by a lab. If that PCR test is also positive, then the whole household must isolate for 10 days from the date of the LFD test.

These LFD tests are not for adults or primary age children who have symptoms. If anyone in your house has symptoms of Covid-19 then the whole household must start isolating and the person with symptoms must book a PCR test. If this PCR test is positive, then the whole household must isolate for 10 days from the first day that symptoms were displayed. If it is negative then the whole household can stop isolating.

Please note that if your child is isolating because they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case in their school, they should not have a PCR test unless they develop Covid symptoms. Tests cannot be used to end the isolation period of close contacts earlier than the date advised by the school.

I hope this information is useful, please contact the school if you have any questions.

Have a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler

Headteacher

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 30th March 2021
Reception classes vision screening in school  
Thursday 1st April 2021
Last day of spring term  
Friday 2nd April 2021 – Friday 16th April 2021 (inclusive)
Easter holidays  
Monday 19th April 2021
First day of summer term  
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Photographer in school Class photographs in Nursery, Reception, Year 2 and Year 6