It is vital that children return to school, for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development.
School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. This means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly.
If a child or member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus, they should remain at home and follow Government guidelines; get a test and inform the school of the result.
If you have concerns about your child returning to school because you consider they may have other risk factors, you should discuss these with the school.
We have taken many precautions in school to limit the areas pupils access and the people they have contact with. This limits the spread of the virus and means that, if a positive case of Covid-19 is identified in school, Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person.
Parents of children who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case will receive a letter from Public Health and/or a telephone call from ‘Test & Trace’ asking them to stay home for 14 days. This 14 days will start from the last exposure, which is likely to be before the confirmed case was tested.
If your child is asked to stay home because they have been in contact with a confirmed case at school, other household members do not need to self-isolate providing all household members are well. Siblings can continue to attend school if they have not been identified as a close contact and no one in the household is unwell.
If you have not been contacted by Public Health then your child can continue to attend school providing they and the rest of the household are well
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school. You should arrange for your child to be tested and all household members should stay at home until a negative test result is received.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform (this link is external).
If the test is positive your child should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
Returning from a country that’s on the quarantine list
If your child has returned from a country that is on the quarantine list (this link is external) please do not send them to school until they have completed the 14 days quarantine period.