Friday 11th March

Covid-19: Testing and Isolation Guidance

Although there is much talk of ‘things returning to normal’, you will be aware from both local and national news that Covid-19 is still with us and affecting everyday life – including at FJS. This week we have had several positive cases: both staff and pupils.

We ask that parents continue to be vigilant around symptoms. If a pupil develops any COVID-19 symptoms, they should remain at home and get tested via PCR as soon as possible. This can be arranged via or by calling 119 for those without internet access.

Please note that a negative Lateral Flow Test is not sufficient for them to return to school if they continue to have symptoms. However, if they test positive on a LFD they do not need to access a PCR to confirm.

The guidance remains to self-isolate following a positive COVID test, but if on Day 5 you test negative and then 24 hours later, test negative again, then your child can return to school – unless they continue to be unwell or have a raised temperature.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature and/or
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste/smell (anosmia)

However, we have also seen children with colds, sore throats and upset stomachs who have then tested positive.

If we have classes that have recorded several cases over a short period, we will send the following text message to the class:

Please note that there are several confirmed cases of coronavirus in (insert class). Please be vigilant and test where possible.

Thank you for your continued support.