Latest Covid-19 News and Updates

When does a student need to isolate?

  • Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on-site through ATS or at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection. Where as previously anyone who has tested positive was advised not to test again within 90 days, they should now resume at home testing again once the first period of infection has ended.
  • From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Close contacts (including household) are no longer required to self-isolate if they are:
  • fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine
  • under 18 years and 6 months old
  • taking part or have taken part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they are encouraged to take a LFD test everyday for seven days and continue daily business/life as usual. This is instead of a PCR test. If you are not one of the above or are unvaccinated you must self isolate for ten days.

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next ten full days. If you get symptoms while you’re self-isolating, the ten days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.

You can now stop self-isolating after seven days if you do a rapid lateral flow test from six days after the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms), and another lateral flow test on the following day and they are both negative. The second lateral flow test should be taken at least 24 hours later. You should not take a lateral flow test before the sixth day of your isolation period, and you should only end your self-isolation after you have had two consecutive negative lateral flow tests which should be taken at least 24 hours apart. You should stop testing after you have had two consecutive negative test results and can stop isolating straight away after the second negative test result.

Testing from day 5 [this applies to all students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status]

• You should test every morning from day 5
• After receiving 2 negative tests [24hrs apart], you can stop isolating immediately
• You should submit each LFD test result taken from day 5

If a student is self-isolating as a close contact as they are unvaccinated, they must complete
the full 10 days.

Testing in Schools

Students who have consent to take part in back-to-school COVID mass testing will be tested in school Students will be tested for COVID on the 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th of September, each student will be tested twice. It is recommended that students home test on a fortnightly after this and test kits will continue to be available in school.

Letter to Parents 4 January Testing Acklington Road
Letter to Parents 4 January Widdrington
Consent form for student testing
Letter to Parents 8th March Testing
Student Privacy Form
Home Testing FAQs
Home Testing Letter to Parents

The following guides and information have been issued by the local council and government to help with student self testing:

Four easy stages of a rapid COVID-19 self-test

Masks in Schools

Last term the government recommended that where pupils in year 7 (which would be children who were aged 11 on 31 August 2021) and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. Face coverings should be worn by all students – including years 5 and 6 when travelling on school transport.

Please reinforce the importance of face coverings and good hygiene with your child – we want to keep everyone safe and healthy in school and in our community.

JCSC Covid-19 Letters and Updates

Our Executive Headteacher has been sharing the impact of COVID-19 in his regular blog posts/letters to parents, if you’ve missed any of these, you can catch up below, along with other updates relating to coronavirus:

Christmas 2021 Letter

NCC Letter to Parents 22nd October

Letter to Parents 25th October

Letter from the Executive Headteacher 8th October

Invite for Home Testing Yr 5 & 6

JCSC at Home Testing Autumn

Mass Testing September 2021

Letter to Parents 3 September

Letter to Parents 14th March

Letter to Parents Return to School

JCSC Back to School Opening Risk Assessment March

Letter to Parents 15th Feb

Letter to Parents 17th Jan

Letter to Parents 8th Jan

Update to Year 5 and 6 Learning

Key Workers & Remote Learning

Year 5 and 6 Online Learning 6th Jan

Letter to Parents 5th Jan

Letter to Parents 4th Jan

Letter to Parents December 10th – Training Day December 18th

Letter to Y8-13 Parents 25th Nov – Coronavirus Cases

Letter to Parents 20th Nov – Coronavirus Cases and Home Learning

Letter to Parents Oct 29th – Google Classroom and Guardians

JCSC letter home – Covid-19 Guidelines September 2020

Bubble allocations Sept 2020

Keyworkers and social distancing information – March 2020

Coronavirus Update – Week 9

Coronavirus Update – Week 8

Coronavirus Update – Week 7

Coronavirus Update – Week 6

Coronavirus Update – Week 5

Coronavirus Update – Week 4

Coronavirus Update – Week 3

Coronavirus Update – Week 2

Coronavirus Update – Week 1

National Guidance

You can find the most up to date national information at Coronavirus: guidance and support –