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FAQ's for parents on COVID-19

If I have more than one child at AHS and one of my children is told to self-isolate due to being a close contact, can my other child (ren) still attend school?

Yes, as long as your child self-isolating is not presenting any COVID symptoms the rest of the household can carry on as normal.

What happens if my child has a positive lateral flow test (LFT) taken at home?

The school should be informed of the result immediately via our online form and emailing  so that close contacts can identified.  You should book a confirmatory PCR test online for your child.  They and your household should then isolate for 10 days.  You may need to self-isolate longer if you or anyone of your household gets symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.  Please refer to the NHS guidance found here

When and how do I submit my lateral flow test (LFT) results?

Ideally, please could these be completed on a Wednesday by 6pm and a Sunday by 12 noon.  The results need to be submitted regardless if they are negative or positive online via  our online form.  If your child tests positive please email as well as completing the form.  Someone from the school will then contact you for further information, please be aware that this could be late at night or early in the morning.

What are the next steps the school will take if a child tests positive on a LFT?

We will contact the parent(s) immediately of the child who tests positive for track and trace purposes to identify close contacts.  Please be aware this maybe late at night or early in the morning depending on when the LFT results are given to us. 

If your child is identified as a close contact from someone that tests positive on a LFT we will send a text message via ParentMail to advise you of the self-isolation; this maybe at short notice.

If you do not receive a message your child is not a close contact and can continue to attend school.

What happens if my child has a positive PCR test with no initial symptoms and then starts developing symptoms during their isolation period?

The household will require to isolate for a further 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

What if another child in the class has symptoms?

Schools will be following Government guidance if this happens. The child will be sent home and asked to self-isolate. Children who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless the child tests positive, your child develops symptoms themselves or you have been requested to do so by NHS Test & Trace.

What if my child or someone in our household has symptoms?

If your child, or anyone in the household, has symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature/hot to touch, new persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) the child and their household need to follow the Government guidance on self-isolation ( and arrange for your child, or the person/people with symptoms, to be tested with a PCR test (call 119 or book through  You also need to inform the school.

My child has been asked to self-isolate as they are a close contact, but my child’s lateral flow test is negative.  Can they return to school?

Sorry, no they can’t come back to school and must self-isolate for 10 days if they’ve been identified as a close contact.  They may develop symptoms of COVID at any time within this 10 day period. 

My child has already had COVID so they don’t need to self-isolate do they?

Yes, unfortunately having already had COVID is no guarantee of not catching it again.  Current guidance indicates that it is possible to catch COVID for a second time and even though you may not display symptoms you may still be contagious to others.