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COVID-19 and FAQs


As you will be aware the government guidance regarding covid and isolations has changed. Please read the below information or visit the UKHSA website for more information HERE

Under 18 - Symptoms  

  • As COVID-19 presents a low risk to children and young people, combined with high vaccination rates in the population, there are no longer specific rules relating to it in schools, colleges, childcare and other education settings
  • Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to go to school, college or childcare
  • However, those 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, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues. If an U18 has a high temperature, they should remain off school until they have no high temperature and feel well


  • UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance says that it is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a doctor or other health professional
  • Symptomatic and asymptomatic testing is no longer available through the NHS unless an individual or child has a health condition which makes them eligible for COVID-19 treatments
  • Individuals may wish to continue testing and to source their own tests purchased via a pharmacy
  • Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Under 18 - Positive test  

  • For children and young people aged 18 and under who are recommended to take a COVID-19 test by a health professional and test positive, the advice is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 full days
  • They can return to education after 3 days provided they have no high temperature and feel well
  • Absences through COVID are now recorded as any other absence through illness.

Please inform us by sending an email to

Please include your child's full name, tutor group and include dates of tests and results 

Further advice on living with COVID can be found on the NHS website HERE