COVID-19 FAQs

The symptoms of COVID -19 can be either one or more of the following,

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms listed above, even if your symptoms are mild, stay at home and arrange to have a test. You do not need to take a PCR test if you have already taken an LFD test and the result was positive.

If your child is generally unwell please keep them at home until they fully recover. Give them plenty of fluids, rest and observe for worsening symptoms. Please do not give analgesia and send into school, (Paracetamol for e.g) as this can reduce temperature and mask signs of COVID -19.

In the young and fully vaccinated adults COVID -19 symptoms can appear to be cold like, including headache, sore throat and runny nose. Please test regularly with Lateral Flow Tests or access a PCR Lab based test if COVID-19 symptoms develop. See here for further details.

COVID Symptoms link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#symptoms

Keep them at home until they are fully recovered. Call the absence line daily to report illness absence.

Keep them at home and isolate them if they have a positive PCR test result.  Report your results to the Government website  and the school website. Please record the isolation dates and you will be signed off for the duration and you do not need to call the absence line daily.

Their isolation period starts immediately from when symptoms started, or, if they do not have any symptoms, from when the positive PCR test was taken. The isolation period includes the day the symptoms started (or the day the test was taken if no symptoms), and the next 10 full days. It may be possible to end your self-isolation earlier (see below).

They can return to your normal routine and stop isolating after 10 full days if the symptoms have gone, or if they have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If they still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, keep at home and seek medical advice.

They may be able to end the isolation period before the 10 full days. They can take an LFD test on Day 5 and another LFD test on the following day (Day 6). Please log these results onto the school website students form: see Latest COVID-19 Information. If both these test results are negative, and they do not have a high temperature, they can end isolation after the second negative test result and return to school on day 6.

You should not take an LFD test before the fifth day of your self-isolation period. You should stop testing after you have had 2 consecutive negative test results. Once fully recovered you can continue with twice weekly asymptomatic testing (Wednesdays and Sundays).

Siblings are able to be in school during this time as long as they are well and have negative LFD test results. It is advised that they take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.

The advice for people who have a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result has changed. They are no longer required to have a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately.

Do not send them into school and log the result onto the school website. See Latest COVID-19 Information. Please record the isolation dates and you will be signed off for the duration and you do not need to call the absence line daily.

Report your LFD test results (Government website).

Their isolation period starts immediately from when symptoms started, or, if they do not have any symptoms, from when the positive LFT was taken. The isolation period includes the day the symptoms started (or the day the test was taken if no symptoms), and the next 10 full days. It may be possible to end your self-isolation earlier (see below).

They can return to your normal routine and stop isolating after 10 full days if the symptoms have gone, or if they have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If they still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, keep at home and seek medical advice.

They may be able to end the isolation period before the 10 full days. They can take an LFD test from Day 5. Once you have received two consecutive negative results, 24 hours apart, you can end isolation on the day of your second negative test, if they are well and do not have a temperature, they can return to school and work.

You should not take an LFD test before the fifth day of your self-isolation period. You should stop testing after you have had 2 consecutive negative test results. Once fully recovered you can continue with twice weekly asymptomatic testing (Wednesdays and Sundays).

Siblings are able to be in school during this time as long as they are well and have negative LFD test results. It is advised that they take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.

Government guidance states that you do not need to take any more LFD tests after the 10th day of your self-isolation period and you may stop self-isolating after this day. This is because you are unlikely to be infectious after the 10th day of your self-isolation period. Even if you have a positive LFD test result on the 10th day of your self-isolation period you do not need to take any more LFD tests after this day and you do not need a follow-up PCR test. If you are concerned, you may choose to limit close contact with other people, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness until 14 days after the start of your self-isolation period.

Current guidance states that if household members or close contacts are fully vaccinated (2nd dose over 14 days) or if under the age of 18 years and 6 months, they are not required to isolate.

If someone in your household is positive for COVID we would ask that siblings or notified close contacts that are attending school take regular LFD Tests and do not attend school if they become unwell at all. It is advised, that they take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. Please isolate, call 119 and access a PCR if COVID symptoms develop.

Please call the absence line every day whilst your child is unwell and/or awaiting PCR results. Once COVID -19 has been confirmed by PCR or LFD  test, please log onto the school website. Please notify us of the isolation dates. They will be signed off for the duration and home work will be made available every afternoon within Show my Homework / Satchel One.

If generally unwell, your child can return to school once they have fully recovered from their illness and they feel well enough to do so.

If they have had COVID, they can return to their normal routine and stop isolating after 10 full days (this may be shorter if they have 2 consecutive negative results, 24 hours apart, from day 5). They may have a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If they still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, keep at home and seek medical advice.

You should not take an LFD test before the fifth day of your self-isolation period. You should stop testing after you have had 2 consecutive negative test results. Once fully recovered you can continue with twice weekly asymptomatic testing (Wednesdays and Sundays).

We ask that all staff and students complete twice weekly asymptomatic testing on a Sunday, and Wednesday evening and report the results on the school website in the COVID-19 information page.

If a student and staff is considered/ or has been notified, as a close contact of a positive case, we ask they test themselves daily  for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.

The Lateral Flow Tests are responsive to the antigens that develop in response to an infection. A positive LFT is indicative of a high viral load but will reduce as infection wanes. The LFT are unlikely to show a positive once the illness has improved. You can take regular asymptomatic LFT once fully recovered.

PCR Lab based tests are highly sensitive to Coronavirus and look for fragments of the virus. The fragments of the virus can be detected for approximately 90 days even though there is no active infection. For this reason PCR tests should only be taken within this time frame if COVID symptoms develop again. If you would like to discuss further, please call  111 or 119 for further advice.

Unless we are mass testing at the beginning of term, as instructed by the Department of Education, we will not test students whilst they are at school. If a child is unwell they will asked to be collected from school and a test be taken at home. The students can collect additional LFT kits from Reception or order them via Gov.uk to be sent to your home address.

To confirm Virgin Care are commissioned to provide the vaccinations to 12 – 15 year olds within school. St John’s offer them space to do so and facilitate the sessions. They will not be vaccinated young people without confirmed consent from parents. Virgin Care will be providing further details in due course. Please call the Virgin Care Spa for further advice 0300 247 0090.

Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19. In school we have a number of staff and students that are clinically vulnerable, wearing a face covering can significantly reduce transmission of all respiratory diseases and really help to protect our selves and others.

From 4 January 2022, we highly recommend that face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. Face coverings are advisable for staff and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. These pupils and students must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.