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Rosstulla School, Newtownabbey

Close contacts

19th Oct 2021

Dear parent/Carer,

Just a reminder that the definition of close contact in the home setting is:

A person who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19


 Anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 from 2 days before the person was symptomatic and 10 days after the onset of symptoms:

    • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time
    • been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • sexual contact
    • been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over 1 day)
    • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

Within school the definition of a close contact is different:

Within a school or other structured or supervised setting, your child would only be identified as a contact if they have had prolonged close contact with the case (someone who tests positive for COVID-19). This could mean a child in the same household or someone who has stayed overnight. It will also include intimate contact for example, kissing and where a child has received help with personal care in a school. It does not include all children in the same class or all those who sit next to each other, because the risk of COVID spreading in the school setting is much lower than in a household.

If your child is a close contact in either setting they must remain at home, book a PCR test and only return to school when they receive a negative test result. They must also have a test on day 8 after the initial contact. 

We appreciate your support in keeping our school safe and free from COVID19. 

Flowchart for parents (19th Oct 2021) Download