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Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Covid – School Arrangements


School day start and end times


Start of the school day will be 8:55. We have appreciated the steady arrival of children so gates will be opened at 8:45 and children can go to their classrooms rather than waiting on the playground. School day will end for all at the normal times of 3:25 for infants and 3:30 for juniors.


Lunch and break times


We have a new lunchtime system in place and now need to see in practice how much time this takes and how best to organise it. Children have enjoyed the extra play space we have provided and having their own play areas so this will continue.


Worship and assembly


Worship with combinations of classes will be introduced again.




Children can bring stationery, PE equipment and library books to and from home whenever needed.





We have additional cleaning in place in the school building and this will continue.


Children will wash or sanitise their hands at key points such as breaktimes and lunch. You can send them in with any sanitiser you wish.




For much of the year we have been using CO2 monitors to check ventilation in every room in school.  These allow us to check that air is being refreshed well. Heating has been extended to compensate when it is cold but parents are encouraged to send children with an extra layer such as a jacket or jumper if this becomes an issue for them.




Staff will use whatever PPE they wish to use and will continue to take LFT tests twice weekly. Children can wear masks if their parents wish.