On this page you will find up to date advice regarding COVID 19 symptoms and testing and what to do if you have a positive test result. 

On this page you will find up to date Government advice regarding COVID 19 symptoms and testing and what to do if you have a positive test result.

Attendance:

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.

 

Admitting children into school:

In most cases, parents and guardians will agree that a pupil with symptoms should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others.

If a parent or guardian insists on a pupil attending, we are able to refuse the pupil if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. This decision will always be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.

When to self-isolate:

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

Information:

You may need to quarantine when you arrive in England from abroad. Check the quarantine rules when entering England on GOV.UK

 

When you do not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you’re under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

However, if you live with or have been in contact with someone who may have the Omicron variant of COVID-19, this does not apply and you’ll still need to self-isolate. NHS Test and Trace will contact you if this is the case.

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:

 

Tracing close contacts and isolation:

Close contacts in schools are now identified by NHS Test and Trace and education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.

As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. You may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

School continues to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a school (see the stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise that school temporarily reintroduce some control measures.