Gotham Primary School, Kegworth Road, Gotham, Nottingham NG11 0JS

Procedures for a Positive COVID-19 Test

Procedures for a Positive Covid-19 Case in School.

At Home

    1. If a staff member, parent or child has a positive Covid-19 test you must inform school immediately and that person cannot come to school.
    2. The person with symptoms must self-isolate for at least 10 days and follow the advice of NHS test and trace. If they still have a high temperature after this they must continue to self-isolate until the high temperature has gone.
    3. All your close contacts need to arrange a PCR test. Unless the PCR test comes back positive, there is no need to self-isolate if
      • you are fully vaccinated
      • you are below the age of 18 years and 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
    4. For people within the above groups, you do not need to self-isolate whilst waiting for your PCR results.
    5. For those who do not fall into those groups, you need to self-isolate for 10 days from contact with the positive case and follow the advice of NHS test and trace.

In School

    1. If a child or adult within school has symptoms, we will immediately isolate them. In the case of a child, we will contact a parent to collect them. The staff member will immediately go home.
    2. The staff member or parent will be told to book a test and follow isolation guidance until test results are received.
    3. All areas which may have been contaminated will be cleaned with disinfectant.
    4. We will ask to be told the test results immediately.
    5. If the test results are negative and there are no longer coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms then the person can return to school.
    6. If the test is positive, NHS test and trace will contact you and ask for close contacts. Where necessary NHS test and trace will contact school for more information. Close contacts will need to book a PCR test and follow the guidelines above.
    7. Close contact means:
    • direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
    • proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
    • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person
    1. Parents will be notified when there is a positive test within school and the actions being taken.
    2. If PHE consider there to be an outbreak in school they will contact us. In certain circumstances they will ask us to put our Outbreak Management Plan into action. This is a plan that will help reduce any spread of the virus through school. 
    3. If children need to work remotely, work will be set through Microsoft Teams.