Lateral Flow Device Testing Risk Assessments – update

Following on from the revised risk assessments issued in Thursday’s Head’s briefing, we have now had clarification regarding self-isolation requirements of close contacts of Covid19 positive cases identified via the LFD school testing programme. The risk assessments have been updated and confirm that following a positive LFD test, schools should identify close contacts within the establishment, of the positive case and provide self isolation advice to these contacts. Self isolation should only cease if the PCR test of the positive case returns a negative result. The updated text is marked in red (this small amendment has been incorporated into existing versions):

Testing Programme – Schools – Primary Settings v1.0.docx

As always, the Corporate Health and Safety Team are available to discuss any specific queries you may have regarding the Covid19 arrangements in place within your school. Please speak to a member of the team (Amanda Young, John Froud, Nigel Chopping or Bryony Smith) or email

Public Health queries can be directed to the Council’s Public Health Team via the enquiry form.

Note: a further revision of the secondary settings risk assessment will be available on the Northumberland Education website from Friday 29 January.

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