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 least10 days. If they still have a high temperature after this they must continue to self-isolate until the high temperature has gone.
    3. The household of the person with symptoms must self-isolate for at least 14 days. If anyone develops symptoms during this 14 days they must self-isolate for an additional 10 days. This might take them past the original 14 days. If at the end of the self-isolation period anyone still has a high temperature they must continue to self-isolate until the high temperature has gone.

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, school will immediately contact East Midlands PHE Health Protection Team (HPT) and follow their advice.
    7. PHE will conduct a rapid risk assessment and provide advice on controls. This could be, for example, deep cleaning, isolation of some pupils or staff members, or close monitoring.
    8. Based on the advice from the health protection team, we must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. 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. The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.
    2. If a bubble has to self-isolate the whole household only has to isolate if the person in their house has symptoms.
    3. If PHE advice is to isolate a whole bubble or more, the Local Authority will be informed.
    4. Parents will be notified when there is a positive test within school and the actions being taken.
    5. Online work will be set from the following school day. It will be loaded onto the website under the COVID-19 tab. Then you click on your child’s class name. Online lessons will also begin. By the end of September, school will have set up a system for work to be collected by the teacher. In KS2, this will be through Microsoft TEAMS. More information on this will follow.