Coronavirus symptoms in schools

If your child or someone they live with develops symptoms

If your child or someone they live with develops one of the main symptoms of coronavirus, your child must not attend their school or college.

If this happens:

  • anyone with symptoms must self-isolate and book a test on GOV.UK
  • household members without symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days, or until the person with symptoms receives a negative test
  • you must tell your child’s school or college as soon as possible

The NHS website has more on the symptoms of coronavirus.

Tests are not available for household members with no symptoms. This is because a negative test would not necessarily mean they weren’t carrying the virus, as coronavirus can develop slowly in some people.

Other health problems – such as sickness, diarrhoea, a runny nose, sore throat (without a fever) or a cold – do not require someone to self-isolate. You must not book a test unless you have one of the main symptoms of coronavirus.

If your child does not have one of the main symptoms of coronavirus and you feel they are well enough to go to school, they can attend as normal.

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