What to do if you have COVID
From 1st September, your child does not need to isolate if anyone in your household has COVID-19.
Our advice is to keep them off school and get them to do a PCR test, as many people do not have symptoms of COVID but can spread it very easily without knowing about it.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:
- Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible. https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.
IF test negative to COVID-19, still need to remain at home until at least 24 fever free and acute symptoms resolved.
PCR positive? Don’t come to school!
Following a pupil PCR positive NHS Test and Trace will speak to the case (or parent/carer) to identify close contacts and advice on isolation as required and to get a PCR test
Close contacts who are not required to isolate will be advised to:
- take a PCR test (do not need to isolate whilst awaiting result but will need to isolate as a case if positive)
- limit close contact with others outside their household
- wear a face covering in enclosed spaces (adults)
- limit contact with clinically extremely vulnerable
- participate in twice weekly LFD testing if eligible