COVID-19 absence: A guide for parents/carers

COVID-19 absence: A guide for parents/carers
COVID-19 absence: A guide for parents/carers
What to do if… Action needed Back to school…
…my child has COVID- 19 (coronavirus) symptoms* •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Child should get a test
•Whole household self-isolates while waiting for test result
•Inform school immediately about test results
…when child’s test comes back negative and child is well enough
…my child tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Child self-isolates for at least 10 days from when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms)
•Inform school immediately about test results
•Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms) – even if someone tests negative during those 14 days
…when child feels better, and has been without a fever for at least 48 hours
They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell / taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
…somebody in my household has COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms* •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Household member with symptoms should get a test
•Whole household self-isolates while waiting for test result
•Inform school immediately about test results
…when household member test is negative, and child does not have COVID-19 symptoms*
…somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Whole household self-isolates for 14 days from day when symptoms* started (or from day of test if no symptoms) – even if someone tests negative during those 14 days
…when child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during the 14 days
…NHS Test and Trace has identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms* or confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Child self-isolates for 14 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) – even if they test negative during those 14 days
•Rest of household does not need to self-isolate, unless they are a ‘close contact’ too
…when the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during those 14 days
…we / my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine •Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
•Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
•Provide information to school as per attendance policy
Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:
•Child shouldn’t attend school
•Whole household self-isolates for 14 days – even if they test negative during those 14 days
…when the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed for the child, even if they test negative during those 14 days
…we have received advice from a medical / official source that my child must resume shielding •Child shouldn’t attend school
•Contact school as advised by attendance officer / pastoral team
•Child should shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again
…when school / other agencies inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again
….I am not sure who should get a test for COVID -19 (coronavirus) •Only people with symptoms* need to get a test
•People without symptoms are not advised to get a test, even if they are a ‘close contact’ of someone who tests positive
…when conditions above, as matching your situation, are met

* Symptoms include at least one of a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. See more at: symptoms and self-isolation.

Last updated on 25 September 2020 at 11:05 by communications and engagement manager