Coronavirus – Test and Trace

General News

23rd September – PHE letter to parents and guardians

Children who display any of these symptoms…

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than one hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

…will be able to return to school after they have had a negative coronavirus test and when they feel better.

The current government guidance on self isolation as a result of a household member displaying symptoms can be seen here.

If children are experiencing common cold symptoms (such as runny nose or blocked nose and/or sore throat) and DO NOT have any of the above COVID-19 symptoms* they will not be excluded from school and may continue to attend school providing they are feeling well enough to do so. We will not request that the child has a COVID-19 test before returning to school.

*they should also not fall into either of the following categories:-

  • a household member has COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive test result in the last 14 days
  • the child has been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case through NHS Test and Trace.

You can find out more about testing and arrange a test here. The NHS advice page on symptoms can be seen here.