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At Dixons Cottingley Academy, we have a dedicated attendance team who are on hand to support all families in improving their child’s attendance. We are passionate about making learning accessible and know how important attendance is in helping our students achieve their goals.
If you have any questions, or would like any support, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the dedicated attendance line on 01274 567281 option 1, where a member of the team will be on hand to offer support and guidance.
Covid-19 Attendance Information for Parents
Self-isolating and taking a test
1. If your child has symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should inform the academy. You should immediately order a PCR
test for your child. If the PCR result is negative, they can stop self-isolating. If the PCR result is positive, they and any close
contacts identified by NHS Test and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
2. If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, they should self-isolate, and you should inform the
academy. You should immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the
result is negative, they can stop self-isolating. If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the
LFD) they and any close contacts identified by NHS Test and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
For points 1 and 2 above:
Other members of your household will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
• They are fully vaccinated – (14 days have passed since final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS).
• They are under 18 years, 6 months old.
• They are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.
• They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
3. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
4. PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also communicate the result to the
5. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you using the details you registered when ordering
the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in
close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not
necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.
6. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals, or their parents or guardians, who
have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide
appropriate instructions or advice.
7. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you must follow their guidance.
Children that have been in close contact with a positive case no longer need to self-isolate and must attend the academy as
normal. They will be asked by NHS Test and Trace to take an PCR test immediately (other than for very young children identified
as non-household contacts), and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive,
they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close
contacts (see points 5 and 6 above).