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Cotham School

0117 919 8000

COVID Information

Students and staff on the school site with symptoms of coronavirus. If anyone in our setting develops the symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, they will be sent home and advised to get a PCR test and follow public health advice.

If a student is awaiting collection by parents and carers, they will be moved, via a route involving the shortest possible distance to the designated space where they will be supported and monitored until collected. If collection is imminent they will wait in either main reception or student reception, socially distanced and closest to the source of circulating air.

PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

In an emergency, we will call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Siblings in the school

If the child with symptoms has siblings at the school then the following applies:

  •  If they are under 18 years and six months old then they can remain in school provided they are symptom free.

  • If they are older than 18 years and 6 months and double vaccinated then they can remain in school provided they are symptom free.

  • If they are older than 18 years and 6 months and not double vaccinated then they cannot remain in school, they will need to isolate for 10 days.

We would recommend if the child with symptoms receives a positive result that the siblings take daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) and only proceed into school if these are negative.

Close Contacts

From 16 August 2021 individuals have not been required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • They are fully vaccinated
  • They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised of steps to take.

Students aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should take a daily Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and if negative continue to attend school as normal .


From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFT) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFT tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFT tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.


It's really important that students keep taking twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests and recording the results on the NHS website here. This will identify those who are Covid -19 positive but have no symptoms (asymptomatic) and help to reduce transmission. We will be sending out a text twice weekly to remind parents and carers that students need to take the tests.

There has been a temporary change for schools when confirmatory PCR tests should be sought and the following applies:

  • If no symptoms, therefore asymptomatic but a positive result is received through the use of a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) then no PCR test should be sought, this result should be used.
  • If symptoms present book a PCR no need to LFT - isolate from the date of the onset of symptoms - isolate for a minimum of 5 days then test
  • If symptoms present and the individual undertakes a routine LFT and its positive, there is no need to progress to a PCR - isolate for a minimum of 5 days then test

If you or your child develops symptoms

To keep your child and other children safe it is important that children attending the school site do not come to school if they:

  • have any symptoms of COVID – new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell or confirmed coronavirus through a lateral flow or PCR test (until 10 days after symptoms have started or receipt of a positive test result).

It’s really important that we are made aware of any students who have tested positive for COVID-19 immediately on receipt of their test result. 

Click here to read the DfE blog explaining the importance of testing and reporting your test result.

Parents and carers can advise of absence by:

  • telephoning the attendance absence line on 0117 919 8019
  • email the attendance absence email at
  • complete the absence form for Year 7 - 11 here and Post 16 here.

Visitors to the school site

The school has now developed a visitors guide if you need to attend the school. Please read this if you are coming on to the school site as there are some requirements that need to be met before you can proceed onto the site. Please note this does not apply if you are just visiting reception to deliver items, for example a forgotten lunch box. Here in English Here in Somali