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Covid - May 2021 Daily Contact Testing Scheme

Published 19/05/2021

Daily Contact Testing (DCT) Scheme

HGCSC has been selected to take part in a new study called “Daily Contact Testing” which is being led by the Department for Health and Social Care through NHS Test and Trace.

This study offers an alternative to isolating from school, for anyone who has been identified as a close contact to a positive case. Students will instead be able to stay in school for face-to-face learning.

Normally, when we identify a person has COVID-19, the whole group of people that have been in close contact with that person have to go home and self-isolate for 10 days to stop the virus spreading. This can mean lots of people being absent from school.

This study requires close contacts to be tested within school, daily for 7 days with rapid tests, before school starts. If the person has a negative result, they will be able to remain in school and take part in learning and school activities.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary and we need your consent. If you would like your child to participate, please read the linked documents and complete the consent form.

If you have any questions please contact;



Please see below the dates and times for our Parent Forum to share with any interested parents who may have questions or concerns about the trial.

Wednesday 19th May 6pm to 7pm

MS Team Meeting Link

 Wednesday 26th May 6pm to 7pm

MS Team Meeting Link 

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell and are showing symptoms of Covid-19 which are a high temperature, a new or continuous cough, and a loss of taste and smell.

If your child is showing any of these symptoms:

  • Call the attendance line on 0114 254 2685 to report your child's absence
  • Ring NHS 111 for advice and/or to book a test
  • Continue to keep school informed

If your child, or anyone in your household, is displaying symptoms and/or has been advised to take a test:

  • Keep your child at home until you know the result(s) of the test
  • Inform school

If your child becomes unwell in school, and has Covid-19 symptoms, we will contact you immediately and ask that you collect your child and get a test. Your child will be placed into an isolated medical room, away from other staff and students until you are available to collect them. We ask that you update us with the progress of your child's symptoms and test result.

Please contact us if you need any further support.

Thank you