Changes to self-isolation arrangements

Dear parents,

Changes to self-isolation arrangements for those identified as contacts of a positive case

• Arrangements on self-isolation have changed. All over 18s who are fully vaccinated (having received two full doses of an approved vaccine) and children aged 5 to 17 are now asked to take lateral flow tests (LFTs) every day for 7 days if they are identified as a contact of a positive COVID – 19 case. This is known as ‘Daily Contact Testing’.
• We recommend those undertaking Daily Contact Testing take their test before they arrive at school each day. These individuals do not need to self-isolate for that day unless they have a positive lateral flow test or develop symptoms. In either of these cases, they should book a PCR test as soon as possible.
• Unvaccinated adults identified as a contact of a positive COVID – 19 case must isolate for 7 days.
• The position on children under 5 years old remains unchanged – they are not required to self-isolate or test as contacts.
• Anyone identified as a contact, who is fully vaccinated or aged 5 to 17 can access daily contact testing instead of self-isolation, regardless of whether they are a household or close contact.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James