This information was last updated on 17 December 2021.
Close contacts in schools are now identified by NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. You may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.
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:
Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
Pupils with SEND identified as close contacts should be supported by their school and their families to agree the most appropriate route for testing including, where appropriate, additional support to assist swabbing. For further information please see SEND guidance.
Protective measures will remain in place for the spring term in all education settings including:
Onsite tests should be taken by each secondary school student on return, followed by twice weekly testing at home. The Government will review testing requirements in time.
The Department for Education have also announced how students will be assessed and awarded their GCSE, AS and A levels this year. Students will sit examinations but those examaminations will be adjusted to take into account the dsruption pupils have faced. Fairness and flexibility are at the heart of plans to ensure young people can progress to the next stage of education or career.
Further details on teacher-assessed grades can be found here.
This information was last updated on 16 July 2021.
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