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Covid-19 Government Guidance

On Friday 1st April, the Government announced new Covid-19 guidance.

The full guidance can be found here: Covid-19 Government Guidance

When children and young people with symptoms should stay at home and when they can return to education

  • Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
  • Children and young people 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.

Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result

  • It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
  • If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
  • 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.

Controls to remain in place

Schools should continue to:

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated

These have not changed.

Stepping measures up and down

Our Management Outbreak plan remains in place.

Attendance

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory age, and it remains a priority to ensure that as many pupils as possible regularly attend school.