Latest COVID Advice - Updated January 2022
Update - 21st March 2022
Latest Public Health advice
The latest Public Health advice for parents/carers can be found here:
14th January 2022
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.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
Update - 11th January 2022
The three main symptoms of Covid are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
From 11th January 2022:
If you have none of the three main symptoms but you get a positive LFD test result, you should isolate for 10 days.
If you have any of the main symptoms, you should book a PCR test and isolate until you receive the result. If the result is positive, you should continue to isolate until 10 days after the start of your symptoms.
Full information can be found here:
Update - 5th January 2022
Return to school advice from Rochdale Council and Public Health:
- For this term we are asking all pupils, their households and staff to take a lateral flow test on the morning or evening before returning to school after the holidays. This is voluntary and we hope people will take part. Children aged 5-12 should be tested by an adult if parents/carers are happy to do so. Children aged under 5 do not need to be tested. You will also be aware of the need for secondary schools to deliver on site testing again on the return to school, please support your schools and/or education setting to ensure as many students as possible participate in regular testing.
- If someone has COVID-19 symptoms - Stay at home, isolate and take a PCR test. You can book a test at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or by calling 119.
- From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:
- fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine
- all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
- people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
- people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine
- Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts
The full letter can be found here: Return to School January Advice
Update - December 2021
COVID infection rates are rising in Rochdale!
Help us to stop the spread of the virus this winter - please click the links below to read our latest COVID advice.
Letter to parents/carers - https://www.stjohnsrc.rochdale.sch.uk/serve_file/3837343
COVID Flowchart - https://www.stjohnsrc.rochdale.sch.uk/serve_file/3837341
Advice from Public Health - December 2021
'In line with the rest of the population, all close contacts of confirmed or suspected Omicron cases in educational settings will be required to isolate for 10 days, regardless of age and vaccination status. The 10-day isolation period will commence from the last point of contact with the confirmed or suspected case.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the new variant. With this high level of uncertainty, it would right to take a cautious approach while prioritising the continuation of education. This includes reinforcing the need for everyone to get their vaccine or booster when offered, wear face coverings when necessary, and book a test if they develop symptoms.'
Schools have been asked to reinforce to staff the importance of maintaining social distancing with other members of staff and with pupils wherever possible, and to reduce the number of occasions where larger numbers of adults come into the building. School staff are also wearing clinical-grade face masks when working closely with children to minimise the risk of picking up or passing on infection.
Please see our letter to Parents/Carers and our COVID flowchart, below.