Coronavirus - when to stay off school
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Current advice on self-isolation
If your child has any of the symptoms above, please do not bring them to school. The whole household should stay at home (no work, no school, no shopping, do not meet with friends or family).
The person with the symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptoms started and book a Covid 19 within 5 days of displaying symptoms.
The rest of the household must self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days from when the symptoms started.
If you cannot book or order a test then you must self-isolate for this period.
The guidelines regarding staying at home and self-isolating are being reviewed and updated frequently. Please use link for the most up to date information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
If you think you may have Coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) then please call NHS 111 for advice.
Schoolchildren and their families can be tested for Coronavirus if they develop symptoms. Please see this link for more information about how to obtain a test:
You can also call 119 to book.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The DfE have a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The importance of hygiene
Good hygiene is the still the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, and if you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then dispose of it. If you have no tissue, cough into your elbow, not your hands. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Where to find the latest information:
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Where to find the latest information Public Health England blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/
You can check the NHS websites for the latest health advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public