Parents/carers will need to be ready and willing to book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must stay at home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
Parents/carers will need to be ready and willing to provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace
Parents/carers will need to be ready and willing to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Parents/carers are asked to inform the school immediately of the results of a test
If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating
If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Public health advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):
All schools are receiving daily updates from the Department for Education. Parents/carers, please familiarise yourself with the latest advice on what to do if you or your child(ren) become unwell. Click here for more Coronavirus advice from the NHS and Government.
The importance of hygiene: Protect yourself and others
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: