Tests distributed to staff from September will be the new Nasal Swab tests, please watch the following instructional video as there are some subtle differences in the timings for these tests compared to the ones we were doing previously.
From 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.
NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.
Self-isolating and taking a test
If your child has symptoms, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform Abbotswood. You should immediately order a PCR test for them. If the PCR result is negative, they can stop self-isolating. If the PCR result is positive, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, they should self-isolate – and you should inform Abbotswood. You should immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they can stop self-isolating. If the confirmatory PCR test is positive they must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also inform Abbotswood.
From 16 August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts.