Posted on: January 4th 2022

Need for 10 days COVID Isolation.

CHS

Dear Parents/Carers,

Need for 10 days COVID Isolation.

The Department for Education has advised that pupils and staff who need to isolate as a result of COVID need to isolate for the full 10 days.  If your child tests positive, their self-isolation period includes the day their symptoms started (or the day they had the test, if they do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

We appreciate that it is different from the recently published 7-day isolation for the general public.

This is because the guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/ states that when self-isolation is stopped early after 7 days, contact needs to be limited with people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.  Pupils who are considered to be particularly vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), and high or higher-risk and therefore at risk of serious illness are now required to be in school.  As I am sure you understand, pupils returning after 7 days, when they are still potentially infectious, put these vulnerable pupils at an unacceptable risk.

Like pupils and their families, we want all of our pupils where they need to be, back in school and appreciate that this is not the message you would want to hear. Throughout the pandemic, we have followed and responded to the guidance of the DfE and the NHS in the best interest of the pupil's staff and wider society, even when, as on this occasion there is ambiguity between the advice we are receiving and the media messages. 

We will of course update our procedures when the guidance changes.

Best Wishes,

Mrs McKeown
Headteacher