Contact Tracing over the Christmas Holidays

As parents will be aware, schools have taken on the role of contact tracing and issuing isolation advice in the event of a positive test result for a member of the school community.  The Government have made it clear that this is a service they expect schools to continue provide until the 6th day after students last attend the school.

I will therefore be available via email each morning (until 11.30am) up to and including the 23rd December 2020. If you need to report a positive coronavirus test result for a student of Wollaston School, please do ensure that the entire household is isolating and contact us via email at providing the following information.

Date the student was last in school:

Date that coronavirus symptoms began:

Date of the Covid-19 test:

Date the positive test result was received:

I will then be in touch to advise on next steps and begin the contact tracing process.  If we need to contact students or families with advice to self -isolate I will do so via email and will also try to call, but this may not be possible in all circumstances.

Please also do note below, the   Government’s advice on contacting schools during the Christmas break – but I also know that this is not amazingly clear, so if you are in any doubt or uncertainty – please do just email and I will happily support.

  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

Yours sincerely

Mr James Birkett