School children returned for just a matter of minutes today after receiving a failed coronavirus test result. After receiving a positive coronavirus test, they were instructed to return home where they will now have to self-isolate for 10 days. In one case, 25 pupils were sent home today after one failed a lateral flow test at the Licensed Victuallers School in Berkshire.
As reported by Hugh Fort of Berkshire Live, the pupil failed the coronavirus test after arriving at school, meaning they and the other 24 pupils who travelled on the same bus, must now self-isolate.
It is thought this case is the first to occur in Berkshire although the school remained open today.
A spokeswoman for the school said: “I can confirm that one student at LVS Ascot tested positive this morning.
“The child concerned, and 24 others who travelled with them, have been sent home to isolate. The school remains open.”
In a separate case in Middlesbrough, a number of pupils were also sent home after one child failed a lateral flow test today.
Parents and carers at Nunthorpe Academy were informed of the test today as a small number were sent home to self-isolate, Toni Guillot of Teeside Live reported.
A letter to parents stated: “We have a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the academy this morning identified through a Lateral Flow Test.
“We have followed PHE and DfE National Guidance, which we must adhere to and is in line with the Academy Risk Assessment to identify a small number of students who have been in close contact with the confirmed case.”
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She also claimed any pupil who tests positive for coronavirus and then receives a negative result, must still return home to self-isolate.
Ms Ford said today: “The really important thing is to make sure we can keep schools open and minimise the risk of Covid in classrooms.”
If a child is forced to self-isolate after receiving a positive test at home, they will be instructed to order a polymerase chain reaction test which is processed at a laboratory.
If that test comes back negative, they will then be released from isolation and be able to return to school.
Children at school will be offered two tests a week as part of the Government’s roadmap out of the pandemic for the first two weeks.
After that, children will be given rapid lateral flow tests to be taken twice a week at home before going to school.
Families will also be offered two tests a week while staff will also be tested.
There will not be tests for primary school pupils as experts claim there will be limited reasons for testing them and may be unpleasant for children to self-test.