Castle Hill Primary School

Castle Hill

Primary School

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Parent Update

Monday 29th March 2021


Dear Parent / Carer

What a term!  It’s definitely been a challenge for us all.  Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these incredibly difficult times.

I just want to take this opportunity to remind you of the current Government guidance around symptoms, testing and attending school.  Government guidance states:

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately.

We are advising that primary-aged pupils should only be tested if they are symptomatic, in which case their families should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and book a PCR test for the child.  Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. 

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


If your PCR test result is negative you can stop isolating as long as:

  • you are well
  • no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace


Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.

If the PCR test result is negative, your child can return to school once they are well enough to do so.  Please show proof of your child’s negative test result to a member of the SLT or Office staff upon their return to school.  Alternatively, this can be emailed in to school.

Results from a Lateral Flow Test (currently being used by staff and secondary school pupils) cannot be used to obtain a result for primary pupils.

School closes this Thursday, 1st April at 3:15 pm for the Easter Holidays.  The children return to school on Tuesday 20th April at 8:45 am.

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable break.

Andy Renwick