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Latest Guidance on Self-Isolation JAN 2022

Welsh Government advise that all students and staff should take a lateral flow test (LFT) at home three times a week and report the results on gov.ukAll students who have consented to the testing scheme should conduct their test before attending school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

Student is unwell with symptoms
  • Do not attend school.
  • Get PCR test and self-isolate.
  • If PCR is positive – self -isolate for 7 clear days from onset of COVID symptoms or test date if asymptomatic, with a LFT on days 6 & 7. If this is negative return to school on day 8.
  • If either of the LFTs is positive, need to continue to self-isolate until 2 clear LFTs or until 10 clear days.
  • Can return with a cough or a headache but not if you still have a temperature. 
Student is unwell with positive LFT
  • Do not attend school. You don’t now need a PCR.
  • Self -isolate for 7 clear days from onset of COVID symptoms or test date if no cough, fever or anosmia, with a LFT on days 6 & 7. If this is negative return to school on day 8.
  • If either of the LFTs is positive, continue to self-isolate until 2 clear LFTs or 10 clear days.
  • Can return with a cough or a headache but not if they still have a temperature.
Student is well with positive LFT
  • Do not attend school.  You don’t now need a PCR.  Self -isolate for 7 days, with a LFT on days 6 & 7.  If this is negative return to school on day 8.
  • If either of the LFTs is positive, need to continue to self-isolate until 2 clear LFTs or 10 clear days from the test.
  • Can return with a cough or a headache but not if they still have a temperature.
Someone in the household is positive but student is well. 
  • If aged 5-17 or a double vaccinated adult, do not need to self-isolate but should do a LFT every day until 10 days since last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 or, if the case is a household contact, until their end of isolation.
  • Any unvaccinated adults need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Testing Consent
Taking part in testing is voluntary.  There is no expectation or obligation to participate. Anyone who chooses not to participate should still attend school as long as they are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms and follow the usual national guidelines on self-isolation and get tested if they show symptoms.

If you want to participate in the lateral flow testing a consent form will have to be completed:

● For students younger than 16 years, the consent form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian.  Remember to complete one consent form for each child you wish to enrol.

Please click HERE and complete the consent form.  ONLY COMPLETE THE FORM IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY.

Click here for booklet with a Step by Step Guide to Lateral Flow Self-Tests


Positive Test Result Negative Test Result Void Test Result

Report result

Report result

Report result

Phone the school 07766 410455

No phone call required Retake the test
Book a confirmatory PCR test    

Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence
A Quick Reference Guide and Terms Explained:

We recognise that this remains a stressful time for families. A number of you have been in contact with us requesting guidance related to illnesses and absence. The table below may provide support in this key area.


When to get your child tested?

How to get your child tested

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click on the documents below for advice and information about dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
and a simple breakdown for younger children.



For the latest information, please see the links below:
Welsh Government
Public Health Wales

For SJHS Letters and Notifications CLICK HERE

Full or partial school closure (short-term and/or long-term)

In the event of a school closure, staff will not be able to access the school site. Therefore, in this situation the school will:

  • Provide students in all year groups with online materials to facilitate distance learning (Google Classroom)
    Please see our Distance Learning and Heath & Wellbeing pages specifically set up for pupils and parents
  • Where possible provide paper-based materials for those students who do not have access to either a mobile device and/or internet
  • Communicate with families/students on a regular basis to provide updates on the recovery phase ie. safe return to normal school life.

Upon return to 'normal practices' the school will:

  • Undertake a learning audit for examination classes to identify skills-gaps
  • Communicate with relevant awarding bodies to make them aware of any requirements for special consideration
  • Respond to any ongoing support required for students and/or staff. This may include counselling services.


Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of students the school asks that all families:

  • Sign up to the school Twitter account @sjhsnewport to be able to access relevant information
  • Ensure that the school has the correct email address in order to maintain communication throughout the process
  • Also, please check your inbox regularly for any emails/updates you may receive from us via Schoolcomms.


A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing; and/or
  • fever.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and/or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have yet to have been reported in children.

How COVID-19 is spread?
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • students/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;
  • washing your hands often - with liquid soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell; 
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please use the Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment;
  • see the latest information about novel coronavirus on the Public Health Wales website.

Social Distancing
As of 17th March 2020, we recognise the need for all members of the community to be particularly stringent in adhering to 'social distancing measures' where they meet one of the following criteria