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Coronavirus - information for parents

Please find below information to support parents and children during the current outbreak of Coronavirus.


Updated: September 2020

Guidance on Testing


To book a test:



Children should not attend schools if:

  • They, or a household member, are unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell or
  • They have had a positive test result themselves or
  • They are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)


In these circumstances parents must follow government advice on Test and Trace, and self isolating.  Parents must keep school informed of the results of any testing.


If you are unsure if your child should attend school please contact the school who will offer advice and guidance or signpost you to the relevant service.


Please note where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.

What to do if a child is displaying symptoms

Stay At Home Guidance


Please find the most up to date government guidance on the link below:


For further Coronavirus information



The Solihull School Nursing Team.

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Free Parenting online courses and additional information.

During the current lockdown situation, the online parenting courses remain available to Solihull residents free of charge

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

School attendance

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.


Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.


Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. More information here. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Guidance for parents can be found here.


Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.