If pupil feels unwell and displays any Covid symptoms, they should not attend school and must self-isolate and book at PCR test. Symptoms may include a high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change in taste or smell.
Please inform the school immediately if a pupil is being tested – please call the Attendance Line on 028 9075 4761. The pupil must not return to school until the test result is received.
If a positive test result is received, please notify the school immediately on 028 9074 0423 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If a negative test result is received, please call the Attendance Line on 028 9075 4761 to confirm the result and that the pupil is returning to school, provided they are well and have not had symptoms for 48 hours.
From Friday 10th September 2021, when the Public Health Agency Contact Tracing Service (CTS) contacts a confirmed COVID-19 case associated with a school (either a pupil or staff member), they will ask for their support (or that of their parent or guardian) in identifying their close contacts.
Those identified as close contacts by this process will be contacted by the PHA CTS by phone or text, advised they have been identified as a close contact and directed to advice on self-isolation and testing (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolating). Parents will be encouraged to inform the school of their child’s positive test or identification as a close contact as part of routine absence reporting.
Please see below a guidance flowchart for close contacts of a Covid case in a school setting that has been issued by the PHA.
From this, you can see that if a pupil has no symptoms and has not had a previous positive PCR test in the last 90 days, the PHA advice is that the pupil should stay at home and book a PCR test immediately.
The Executive has agreed that the requirement for ALL post-primary pupils to wear a face covering in classrooms, corridors and communal areas would apply until 8 October. We are aware that a number of pupils are exempt from wearing face coverings and we maintain a list of these pupils. If your child is exempt and you have not previously communicated this to the School, please email your child’s name to the General Office for the attention of Mr M Wilson, Deputy Principal. Face coverings must also be worn on public transport and also on the BRA buses transporting pupils to and from Roughfort Playing Fields. Any adult visiting the school must wear a face covering and report to the main School Office.
Pupils are asked to respect the 2m social distancing requirements between themselves and the member of staff where possible. Most classrooms will have an area around the teacher’s desk identified with tape and pupils should not move into the teacher’s area.
Existing measures to reduce the spread of infection will remain in place including: