Updated 21st March 2022
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test
Pupils, staff and other adults should follow guidance on COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) if they have COVID-19 symptoms Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Pupils and staff should return to school as soon as they can, in line with guidance for
From 21 February, staff and pupils in primary schools will not be expected
to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing and should follow asymptomatic
testing advice for the general population. Further information is available in the NHS get
tested for COVID-19) guidance.
In the event of an outbreak, a school may also be advised by their local health team or
director of public health to undertake testing for staff and students of secondary age and
above for a period of time.
If you have COVID-19, stay at home and avoid contact with other people
If you have COVID-19 you can infect other people from 2 days before your symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
If you have COVID-19 you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. You should also follow this advice If you have a positive LFD test result, even if you do not have any symptoms.
- not attend work. If you are unable to work from home, you should talk to your employer about options available to you. You may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay
- ask friends, family, neighbours or volunteers to get food and other essentials for you
- not invite social visitors into your home, including friends and family
- postpone all non-essential services and repairs that require a home visit
- cancel routine medical and dental appointments. If you are concerned about your health or you have been asked to attend an appointment in person during this time, discuss this with your medical contact and let them know about your symptoms or your test result
- if you can, let people who you have been in close contact with know about your positive test result so that they can follow this guidance
Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. You may choose to take an LFD test from 5 days after your symptoms started
Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.
Please find the symptoms guidance below. The NHS website with the main three and the Great Ormond Street Hospital a wider range of symptoms to be aware of.
Attendance and remote education
Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly if they are registered at one.
If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with your school or college.
All clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.
If you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test
Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school, college or to an entry test for a selective school if:
- they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- they have had a positive test result
- there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine
You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
If you insist on your child attending nursery, school, or college when they have symptoms, they can take the decision to refuse your child if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. Their decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.