Coronavirus Safety – Summer 2022
We are all now learning to live safely alongside Covid-19. After the disruption of recent years, school attendance is more important than ever. However, your child should still stay at home if they feel very unwell.
It is really important that you communicate with the school when your child is absent due to illness. Please contact the school office as early as possible to inform us of your child’s absence.
Please read our Parent Guide about Attendance here.
Here is the current health guidance from the Government:
If your child has mild symptoms (no test):
Your child can come to school. Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
If your child is feeling very unwell (no test):
Your child should stay at home. Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
If your child gets a positive test result:
You don’t have to test any more, but you may still choose to test. Children with a positive Covid-19 test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. (The guidance is slightly different for adults who test positive – see the links below). They can go back to school when they are well enough to attend.
If there is a positive case of Covid-19 at home:
Children who live with someone who has a positive Covid-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
What to do if you are unwell with symptoms of a respiratory infection, or if you get a positive test result: gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19
General guidance about living alongside Covid-19: gov.uk/guidance/living-safely-with-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19
Advice about how to protect your household from Covid-19 and other viruses: germdefence.org
Information about the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-15 years: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-for-children/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-for-children-aged-5-to-15/