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The current guidance is that testing should continue for all pupils and staff of secondary schools.


We are requesting that pupils lateral flow test on a Sunday evening and saliva test on Thursday morning.



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Please contact the Headteacher at the above email address to inform them if your child tests positive for Coronavirus. This email is monitored regularly, including out of hours.

Whole School Covid Risk Assessment and Outbreak management plan


Further information


What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19


If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared.


If your child has a positive LFD test result, they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.


If your child has a positive PCR test result but does not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( or by calling 119.


If your child has a positive saliva test result, a PCR test is not required, they must isolate for at least 10 days and follow the advice for a positive PCR result.


Close contacts who are not required to self-isolate

You are no longer required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

· you are fully vaccinated and had the second dose more than 14 days ago

· you are below the age of 18 years 6 months

· you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

· you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

This means that all Oak Lodge pupils can still attend school if identified as a close contact. However, it is recommended to get a PCR test and to avoid anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable during the ten days following their last close contact with the case.


Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a PCR test result)

Please see the stay at home guidance with information of what the household should do and who is exempt from isolation as a close contact. Even if you are exempt it is recommended that close contacts get a PCR test, and undertake other measures outlined in the guidance such as limiting contact with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces while the person in your household with COVID-19 is self-isolating.

If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111. In an emergency dial 999


How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

  • get vaccinated – everyone aged 16 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now and information on Covid-19 vaccination walk-in clinics COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinic
  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • wear a face covering when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
  • participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines. We encourage you to log your results here:

Further information is available at



Lateral flow test kits for family members of secondary students


The government scheme also permits the household of secondary school staff or secondary age pupils to also be tested twice weekly using the lateral flow devices. The link below provides information on how members of your household can access rapid testing should you or they wish them to.

TSL (Telephone Support Line)

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.