1 April 2022

1st April 2022 - Updated changes to COVID guidance and what to do if your child is unwell

 

As you will know, from 1 April 2022 free universal testing for COVID-19 is no longer available for most people. 

Attending face to face education or childcare is hugely important for children and young people’s health and their future. As we learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), the imperative remains to reduce disruption to children and young people’s education. As the national guidance has changed, the information below explains what you should do if your child is unwell or has a positive test result for COVID-19. 

 

Children who are unwell

Children and young people with mild symptoms (e.g. a runny nose) who are otherwise well will be advised to 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. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.  They can return to educational or childcare settings when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough.

 

Positive COVID-19 result

Any child or young person with a positive COVID-19 test result (for example through private testing) should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test.  They can return to their educational setting after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

An adult with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home for 5 days after they took the test.