On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April and schools have been issued with revised guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA).
Adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, should follow the UKHSA guidance.
• It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional
• Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.
• Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough.
• If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.
• Children and young people who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
• Any staff who have a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home for 5 days after the day they took the test.
The documents below summarise the communications that have been made regarding the virus. This page will continually be updated.
NHS symptoms and guidance - children
NHS symptoms and guidance - adults
Information, advice and guidance for students, staff and parents/carers - April 2022