Alongside our local authority public health colleagues, we have updated the support and guidance for schools and settings which is recorded in the attached flow chart. It explains what to do for symptomatic and confirmed Covid 19 cases and also includes support for responding to any other queries you may have. The first task for symptomatic and confirmed cases is to inform the LA Public Health Team via the linked webform. The flow chart also contains guidance to help you to begin to manage cases yourself when time is short.
Please complete the webform for EACH individual, rather than one form for a number of cases. Thank you.
Thank you for all the hard work in managing your responses to the pandemic. We hope those of you who have received support from the Local Authority have found it helpful.
When a positive case is confirmed the school must identify all the ‘close contacts’ of that person. There are three categories of close contact:
1) Direct face to face contact for any length of time
2) Within 1 metre for 1 minute or more
3) A one-off contact or a cumulative contact (added up over one day) of more than 15 minutes during the infectious period.
Close Contact Identification
When identifying close contacts to any positive case it is important to look back on the full 2 days prior to the day when the person became symptomatic. This means anyone starting to display symptoms on a Wednesday was potentially infectious on the Monday and Tuesday. Symptoms starting on a Sunday (even if 11pm at night) would indicate they will have had close contacts throughout Friday which will impact on school decisions.
The day a positive person becomes symptomatic is classed a day 0 of their isolation period, therefore their 10 days absence begins the following day. For any close contacts their day 0 is on the day they were potentially last exposed, and their self-isolation needs to cover the following 10 days.
Household Isolation Periods
- Anyone who lives in the household of a positive case must self-isolate for 10 days, starting the day after the positive case started their symptoms.
- The positive case must self-isolate for 10 days, starting the day after their symptoms started.
- Household members of any close contact who is self-isolating do not need to self-isolate.
When a household is in self-isolation if any other members of the household then start to develop symptoms, even if on day 10 of the isolation period, the rest of the household DOES NOT have to restart the self-isolation period as they have completed their whole incubation period.
This is clarified in this guidance.