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Contact Tracing

When we learn that someone has tested positive for COVID-19 we ask them for the following information, so that we can work out who they may have been in contact with whilst contagious.


1) Have you had any 'cardinal' COVID-19 Symptoms, and which ones?

High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) and/ or

A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) and/ or

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal and/ or


Have you had any other symptoms?


2) What day/ time did you started experiencing these symptoms?

And/ or

What day/ time that you were tested (especially if you have had no cardinal symptoms)?


3) Please identify anyone from school (staff or pupils) that you were in contact with

in the 48 hours before any symptoms began/ before your test (whichever was earlier)


up to 10 days after cardinal symptoms began/ after your test (if no cardinal symptoms)

Who you were in a room with for an extended period of time, with or without PPE, (e.g. a shared classroom all day)


Who you were 1-2 metres away from, without PPE, for more than 15 minutes (e.g. sharing an office, or close pupil supervision)


Who you were less than 1 metre away from, without PPE, for more than 1 minute (e.g. a private conversation)


Who you may have coughed on, without PPE


Who you may have had skin-to-skin contact with


Who you may have shared a small vehicle with

The criteria for who needs to self-isolate are evolving as more scientific knowledge emerges, and there are not hard and fast rules for what does/not trigger self-isolation, however the above questions and below scenarios guide our decisions.