From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
Instead, children 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. The government encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms, has a positive test or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine) they should not come into school.
If anyone in school develops symptoms, however mild, government advice is to send them home and they should follow public health advice.
These symptoms include:
- A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- A new continuous cough.
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Your child and household are eligible for testing if any of you have symptoms of coronavirus.
SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS IN SCHOOL
If we suspect your child is showing symptoms of coronavirus we will:
- Ask your child, if they are able to do so independently, to sit outside the classroom (exterior, not corridor) with an adult nearby.
- Call you to arrange for your child to go home immediately.
- Ensure a member of staff will put on personal protective equipment before moving your child to our designated quarantine area (first aid room) to wait to be collected. At no point will your child be left alone.
- Move the remaining children out of the class so the room can be thoroughly cleaned and aired before they return to the room.
When you collect:
- We will advise you to take your child for a coronavirus test, all members of your household will be eligible.
- Please inform the school on any outcomes as soon as you are able.
If a child attending school receives a positive test direct support and advice will be given by the local Public Health England health protection team.