A safe return to school

Please see below a summary of the recent changes to the Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and children aged 18 years and under. 
When children and young people, who have symptoms of a respiratory infection (including COVID-19) should stay at home, and when they can return to education 

Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting. 

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. 

Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result 

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower and can therefore return to school. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. 

Children and young people who usually go to school who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal. 

During the pandemic we have followed Government guidance as a minimum (click here for full guidance); however, where necessary, we have implemented further measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our pupils’ education. Whilst we will work under the Government’s guidance at this time, we reserve the right to adapt to our situation locally.