Our general guidance to parents to help us keep Covid-19 out of school is as follows:
1. If your child develops symptoms, keep your child off school and book a PCR test.
2. If your child is waiting for a PCR test result, it is ok to bring your child to school providing they test negative on a LFD test each morning and have no symptoms.
3. If your child is a close family contact of someone who has tested positive (e.g. someone living in the same household) it is ok to bring your child to school each day while they have no symptoms but we would recommend you carry out an LFD test on your child each morning. Whilst this is not mandatory, it is a sensible step in order to prioritise everyone’s safety.
4. If your child tests positive on a LFD or PCR test, they should remain at home and isolate. The isolation period includes the day the symptoms started (or the day the test was taken if the child does not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days.
In addition, Public Health Dorset also recommend that all parents should test themselves twice weekly using free lateral flow tests in order to prevent children being sent to school from an asymptomatic infected household.