PLEASE TEST ON SUNDAY EVENING/Prior to coming, and send results to admin@elysianuk.org


CW 10/07/21


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09/07/21 AM

Dear Parents/Carers,

For those attending this morning, thank you for your understanding and we appreciate it will have impacted your days and for some, have caused some difficulties.

We have been made aware that during a routine lateral flow testing, the test has had positive results, which is currently being followed up with a PCR test.  

 We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, have identified that all our young people have to follow the self-isolation procedure.  In line with the national guidance, we have closed until the staff member has confirmed the result to be positive using a PCR test. If the staff members test is confirmed as positive, your young person must stay at home and continue to self-isolate until, but not including Monday 19th July. We expect to have results of the PCR test this weekend, and if the test is negative, we may be able to return on Monday as normal.

As we are a specialist setting the Department of Education has advised that we contact our local public health authority regarding whether we may be able to open under a specific testing regime even if the PCR test is returned positive. At this time, we are still awaiting further information so please continue to follow the given.

Should we be continuing with a 10 day isolation, in the event of the PCR being positive, there is some guidance below. We would like to recommend that all young people undertake a PCR test at this point if possible. If you are able to do this, please send results to admin@elysianuk.org

 For more information, please see the guidance for contacts of people with confirmed Covid-19 infection who do not live with the person:

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person 

 Getting a PCR test for a close contact of a case

PHE has advised that close contacts who are self-isolating should get a PCR test. This should be done even where they do not have symptoms, through Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.  Please note: if your young person has a negative PCR test result this does not alter the self-isolation period as a contact. Close contacts should continue to self-isolate for 10 full days, as they could still become infectious and pass the infection onto others. 

 What to do if your young person develops symptoms of Covid-19

Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test.  All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

 The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10-day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.

 For more information, please read PHE’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance:

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

 For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness.

 If your young person does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at Main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at NHS 111 online or by phoning 111.

We will keep you informed as soon as we can, with regards to the plans for next week. We would advise you all to be prepared for the young person to self-isolate for 10 days. We are parallel planning for this in the team, and we would be planning a timetable of virtual meets, work to do at home and key worker sessions during the days at home next week.



09/07/21  16.10

Dear All,

We expect to hear back regarding the PCR test tomorrow. As soon as we hear back, we will know if we need to continue to isolate, or if we can go back to normal on Monday. We will post on here as soon as we hear back from the results. There has been some ‘virtual’ learning planning completed already, and we will ensure that, in the case of isolation, that we are doing everything we can to keep in virtual contact with the children and young people on placements.

Charlotte Williams



CW 10/07/21 10.30