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We have seen a rise in the number of students testing positive for COVID-19 in the community recently. Below is a copy of the current NHS guidance for students who have tested positive or show COVID symptoms.

What to do if your child has symptoms

Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:

  • have a high temperature

  • do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities

They can go back to school, college or childcare when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.

If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school, college or childcare.

Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues.

Most children who are unwell will recover in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.

There is no longer a necessity to test but if you do and it is positive you should follow the advice below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children - NHS (

What to do if you've tested positive for COVID-19

If a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for COVID-19, they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days. This starts from the day after they did the test.

Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others.

What to do if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or symptoms of COVID-19 - NHS (


Andy Wall

Deputy Head Teacher