Minerva Learning Trust

Self Isolation and Testing Requirements 14.12.21

Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students should:

• Take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to their school.

• If they test negative, they can continue to attend school.

• If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.

• Outside of school, they should continue to follow the advice set out in the Sunday 12 December press release.

• Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.

• For students with SEND who struggle to or are unable to self-swab daily for 7 days, settings should work with students and their families to agree an appropriate testing route, such as assisted swabbing. Information on further support measures will be provided.

• This approach should also be adopted over the winter break and on return in January.