Change to UK Government Advice on COVID-19 Testing Results and Schools

Parents should be aware that it is no longer necessary to present a negative COVID-19 test to the school before a pupil returns without symptoms. Updated UK Government advice states that sharing this information with schools is not necessary.

NHS Lothian revised guidance states that minor non-COVID-19-related symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose and sore throat are no longer reasons to keep a child off from school. If a pupil is feeling genuinely unwell then they should stay off until they feel better. If symptoms include sickness or diarrhoea then they should return 48 hours after the last event of these symptoms. If a pupil displays any COVID-19 classic symptoms NEW/PERSISTENT COUGH, HIGH TEMPERATURE/FEVER, LOSS/CHANGE OF TASTE OR SMELL, then they should immediately self-isolate, along with all members of their household and arrange a test. If someone in a pupil’s family household has to self-isolate because they are exhibiting classic symptoms, then the whole family must also self-isolate.

If in the event a pupil at Leith Primary tests positive for COVID-19, there are robust measures in place to identify anyone else in school who may be at risk. The school would work in partnership with the NHS Health Protection Team to enact the track and trace procedure and ensure areas of contact with the virus were deep cleaned.

Currently, schools receive weekly guidance from senior managers about up-to-date COVID-19 related health and safety protocols to support the regularly updated policy and practice.