Respiratory infections, including the common cold and COVID-19, are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months. For most children and young people, these illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.
Can my child go to school if they have Covid-19 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.
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.
More advice provided by the Department for Education can be found here.
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
UKHSA guidance says that it is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
Please find below our most recent COVID-19 risk assessment.
We remain vigilant in school with regular sanitising of surfaces, hand washing and self-isolation for positive COVID cases.
Updates and further information
For updates and further information please check the Public Health England (PHE) website.