updated 02 September 2021
If your child has typical cold symptoms e.g. a blocked or runny nose, sore throat or headache they do not need to be tested for COVID-19. They may come to school if they are well enough. Children with vomiting or diarrhoea should not attend school until 48 hours after the last episode.
HOWEVER, if your child or any member of your family has a high temperature (37.8ºC or above); a new continuous cough or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, or a loss or change to taste or smell, then they should stay at home and you should arrange for a COVID-19 PCR test for the person showing symptoms. A home test Lateral Flow negative result is not sufficient if your child has symptoms—you should still arrange for a PCR test to be done. They should not return to school until they have had a negative test result or 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared.
Please phone the school office every day your child is off school, to update us on your status.
To book at test go to: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name
For more information on COVID-19 go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
updated 24 September 2021
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate. From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.