Important Updates on Self-isolation / Bus Strike
Two important updates regarding self-isolation after a positive LFT test, and regarding potential bus disruption on Monday
I apologise for writing mid week, but I wanted to share two important updates with you as early as possible.
Self-isolating after a positive lateral flow test
You may be aware that there have been an increasing number of cases reported in the media where people test positive on a LFT, but then negative on a PCR. This seems to be a particular issue in the South West of England. There are several different factors which could be causing this, and the UKHSA is looking into this urgently. In the meantime, we have been issued some updated guidance.
First, can I remind you of the following recommendations (which are unchanged):
Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) should be taken twice weekly at home (we will be distributing more kits to students this week)
LFTs should only be used if students are asymptomatic (i.e. don't have any symptoms)
If students are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (loss of taste/smell, high temperature, new persistent cough), or if they test positive on a LFT, they should isolate and get a PCR test
PCR tests are more accurate than LFTs, so normally if the two show different results, the PCR test should be relied on.
However, PHE have updated their guidance fpr situations where a student has a positive result on a LFT AND ALSO:
Has COVID-19 symptoms, OR
Is a close contact of a confirmed case
In such cases, it is recommended that the individual isolates for 10 days even if they have received a negative PCR result.
I appreciate that this will cause some additional inconvenience, and apologise in advance for this. As soon as I hear anything further I will of course pass it on. Thank you as always for your vigilance which has helped us keep the school safe.
Industrial Action by Stagecoach
We have been made aware that Stagecoach employees in Gloucester are planning a strike for Monday 18th October. I very much hope that this will be called off before then, but I wanted to make you aware in advance so you can make alternative arrangements for your child to travel to school.
Again, I am very sorry as I know this will inconvenience many of you.