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Coronavirus - information for parents

Please find below information to support parents and children.


Updated: March 2022

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 (new, continuous cough, high temperature, loss/change in taste/smell), they should remain at home and you should access a PCR test for them - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.


What to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19

If they test positive they should continue to remain at home. Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious.


Returning to their educational setting

They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting, as long as they feel well enough to do so and have not had a high temperature in the previous 48 hours.


Full guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts#infectious.



Household contacts

People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are at the highest risk of becoming infected because they are most likely to have prolonged close contact. People who stayed overnight in the household of someone with COVID-19 while they were infectious are also at high risk. If you live with, or have stayed overnight in the household of, someone who has COVID-19 please follow government guidance - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts#contact



Symptoms - It is important that all parents/carers are vigilant in spotting symptoms in their child(ren) and as above, do not send them to their school/setting if they have COVID-19 symptoms.


Hand hygiene - The virus is easily spread from person to person. Good hygiene by everyone in the family reduces the risk. This means washing hands with soap and warm water (or using hand sanitiser) after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food.


If you need any further advice –

For COVID-19 related questions or queries phone 119, or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/using-the-nhs-and-other-health-services/when-to-call-119/