Testing for COVID 19 in school

Return to School – January 2022 – New Guidance 

Dear all, 

Please note that, further to revised government guidance published over the weekend, SJF has updated our return to school information from January 2022 as follows. 

Face Coverings 

  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and when moving around the school buildings (for example, when in corridors and communal areas such as the canteen). Students should also wear a face mask when on public transport to and from school. 
  • Students who have been exempted from wearing a facemask, either by Mrs. Lennon or Mr. McCaughan, must wear a visor at all times. 


  • Windows will be open throughout both school sites to improve ventilation, so students are strongly recommended to wear coats in classrooms. Hoodies will not be permitted as per the usual school rules. 

Hand Sanitiser 

  • Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the school site for use as appropriate. 


Lateral Flow Testing 

  • Students must attend their lateral flow tests on Wednesday 5th January. These can be booked via our school website at https://stjohnfisher.school/wp-content/Covid/ 
  • Having completed their initial lateral flow test on Wednesday 5th January, students should continue testing twice weekly at home, reporting all results to NHS Test and Trace and to the school. We will continue to supply LFD test kits to students to enable them to do this. Even if a student has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they should continue to take part in regular testing at home once they have completed the isolation period for their prior infection. 


If A Student Tests Positive for COVID-19: Changes to Self-Isolation Period 

  • The self-isolation period has now reduced to seven days. Students should take a lateral flow test on day 6 and 7 of their self-isolation, making sure that the tests are taken 24 hours apart. If both tests are negative and students do not have a high temperature, they may return to school on day 8.  

If identified as a Close Contact of Someone Testing Positive: 

  • Students who are identified as close contacts do not have to self-isolate. 
  • People who are close contacts, but are either fully vaccinated or up to 18 years and 8 months old, should take a lateral flow test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal. 
  • They should only stop attending school if they test positive or develop symptoms. 

The government is now offering booster jabs to anyone aged 16-17, and anyone aged 12-15 who is in a clinical risk group, or who is a household contact of an immunosuppressed person or is immunosuppressed themselves. Please do take advantage of this where appropriate. 

Finally, an important note on exams. The government has confirmed that January external exams are expected to take place as per usual and Year 13 students also have their mock exams this month. As such, it is vital that students keep studying so that they are fully prepared. 

Thank you in advance for your support with these measures. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. McCaughan, Senior Deputy Headteacher, at g.mccaughan@stjohnfisher.school.  

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year.  


Following registration students will be provided with guidance on how to complete the test by trained members of staff. For more information on this process please see the video below:


Lateral flow test results go directly to students’ phone and/or email address. We recommend that students bring their phones into school for this purpose. If a student receives a positive test result, the student will immediately be notified by the NHS to their phone or email and the child will be required to self-isolate for 10 days following the date of the test. If a positive result is received on the first test (between the 1st and 3rd September) students will already be on their way home and should self-isolate from when they return home.

Please can you call the school reception on 01634 543123 press Option 2 to inform us that your child has had a positive test.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support in allowing a safe and COVID secure return to school for our community and would like to summarise the following key points:

  • Students should only attend on the timeslot they have booked using the booking system make ‘booking system’ a link to the booking system
  • All tests between 1st and 3rd September will take place at the Ordnance Street site.
  • Please watch the two videos linked to above for guidance on registration and carrying out the test.


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The Early Help service can make relevant referrals e.g. food bank, hygiene bank and are available during the summer break and beyond, so there are staff available Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) and dependent on the support needed, you may be able to have a specific Early Help Worker to lead the support with you.

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