Symptoms and self-isolation – important updated guidance
Please ensure that you read the following NHS online guidance about:
- WHEN to self-isolate – click here
- HOW LONG to self-isolate – click here
- WHAT TEST RESULTS MEAN – click here
Self-isolation impacts the child and households members (including parents/carers and siblings), so please read it carefully! Remember, if a child or adult has a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of taste or smell, then the child/adult as well as their household must self-isolate immediately. Self-isolation lasts at least 10 days for the person with symptoms. For those in the household (including siblings) without symptoms, they must self-isolate for 14 days; if during those 14 days they develop symptoms, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days from that point. The links above clarify how these timings change if a positive or negative test result is received.
Please do not send a child in if they are showing symptoms. If they are showing symptoms, keep them and the household at home, self-isolate, and try to get a test. Keep the school updated via email/phone!
This diagram from the BBC News is helpful too: