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Covid-19 Information - 'What to do if...?'

A quick guide for parents, carers and staff on Covid-19 absence

29 September 2020

My child has Covid-19 symptoms...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Child should get a test
  • Whole household self-isolates while waiting for a test
  • Inform school immediately about test results

Back to school when:

  • Child's test comes back negative

My child tests positive for COVID-19...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Child self-isolates for at least 10 days from when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms prior to that day)
  • Inform school immediately about test results
  • Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms prior to that day) even if someone tests negative during those 14 days

Back to school when:

  • When child feels better, and has been without a fever for at least 48 hours
  • They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell or taste
  • These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone

Somebody in my household has COVID-19 Symptoms*...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Household member with symptoms should get a test
  • Whole household self-isolates while waiting for test result
  • Inform school immediately about test result

Back to school when:

  • When household member test is negative, and child does not have COVID-19 symptoms*

Somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms prior to that day) even if someone tests negative during those 14 days.

Back to school when:

  • When child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during the 14 days

NHS Test and Trace has identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms* or confirmed COVID-19...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Child self-isolates for 14 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) – even if they test negative during those 14 days
  • Rest of household does not need to self-isolate, unless they are a ‘close contact’ too

Back to school when:

  • When the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during those 14 day

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine...

Action needed: 

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
  • Provide information to school as per attendance policy
  • Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed: Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Whole household self-isolates for 14 days – even if they test negative during those 14 day

Back to school when:

  • When the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed for the child, even if they test negative during those 14 day

We have received advice from a medical or official source that my child must resume shielding...

Action needed: 

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Contact school as advised by attendance officer or pastoral team
  • Child should shield until parent/carer are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

Back to school when:

  • When school or other agencies inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again

I am not sure who should get a test for COVID -19...

Action needed: 

  • Only people with symptoms* need to get a test
  • People without symptoms are not advised to get a test, even if they are a ‘close contact’ of someone who tests positive

Back to school when:

  • When conditions above, as matching your situation, are met

*Symptoms include at least one of a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.