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New Covid Track and Trace Procedures

 

From Monday, 19th July, government guidance is changing. Royal Wootton Bassett Academy will no longer carry out Track and Trace to identify close contacts of a positive Covid case. Instead NHS Test and Trace will work with the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts. 

 

Self-isolating and taking a test

  1. If your child has COVID symptoms, they should self-isolate – and you should inform rts@rwba.org.uk
    1. You should immediately book a PCR test for your child / young person.
    2. If the PCR result is negative, they can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons).
    3. If the PCR result is positive, they, must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
    4. Other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must book a PCR Test.
  2. If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test,
    1. they self-isolate – and you should inform rts@rwba.org.uk You should immediately book a confirmatory PCR test.
    2. If the confirmatory PCR test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons).
    3. If the confirmatory PCR test is positive, they, must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
    4. Other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must book a PCR Test.
    5. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
    6. PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also communicate the result to rts@rwba.org.uk

Contact Tracing

  1. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with.
  2. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below).

Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts

  1. From 16th August 2021, if the close contact is under 18 +6 Months, they will not have to self-isolate if they are a close contact (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 (see points 5 and 6 above).