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Coronavirus Advice For Families

What to do if you or a member of your household has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19

What do I need to do if my child is unwell?

As a parent/carer, you must:

  • Not send your child to school if they or someone else in your household has, or is showing any symptoms of, COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell). If this is the case you must notify the school immediately.
  • Collect your child from school if they become unwell during the school day with any symptoms of COVID-19. If this is the case, parents will be contacted immediately.

  • Ensure your child self-isolates if they develop the symptoms outlined above, in line with the government guidance which can be found here

  • Book a test if your child is displaying symptoms, within three days of these symptoms appearing. Anyone can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age. A test is not required if you are not showing symptoms.

  • Your child should not attend School while awaiting the results of a test.

  • Inform the school immediately of the results of a test – positive or negative.

  • If this test (taken because your child has symptoms) is positive, you should follow the guidance above and must ensure your child continues to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and that they return to school only if

  • symptoms (other than a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) have gone. These symptoms (cough/loss of smell taste) can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when your child first became ill. If your child still has a high temperature at the end of the 10-day period, you should ensure that they continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of your household should self-isolate in line with the guidance.

  • If your child has displayed symptoms but tests negative, they can usually return to school and household members can end their self-isolation but please note that this will be subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals with whom we will liaise. If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to school until they have recovered.

  • If your child tests positive you must engage with the NHS Test and Trace process and provide details of anyone your child has been in close contact with.

You may find the following government guidance helpful:

Requirement to Self-Isolate

• Legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today (Monday 28 September), to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19

• Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offender
(This information can be found here:

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