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COVID-19 and other illness


Please see information below if you or your family have symptoms or if you have been asked to self-isolate

To book a test :  

Following expert advice, we now know that Covid presents a low risk of serious illness to most children and young people, and most of those who are fully vaccinated. Due to high immunity in society, a greater  understanding of the virus and improved access to treatments, we can now focus on how we live with COVID-19.

We continue to encourage young people to get vaccinated. If your child has not been vaccinated, you can read more about the vaccine programme here.

Should my child still go to their childcare or education setting if they test positive for Covid?

No.  From 1 April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be three days this is after the day of testing.

Will my child’s school or college still be taking measures to prevent Covid?

All settings should have in place baseline infection prevention and control measures that will help to manage the spread of infection:

  • Ensuring all eligible groups are enabled and supported to take up the offer of national vaccination programmes including COVID-19 and flu.
  • Ensuring occupied spaces are well-ventilated and let fresh air in.
  • Reinforcing good hygiene practices such as hand washing and cleaning.

Can my child still get a Covid-19 vaccine?

From 1st April 2022 the in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme will come to an end. However, 12 to 15 year olds will still be able to access the vaccine outside of schools at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or walk-in centre.  Parents can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment online or by speaking to their GP or calling 119. Alternatively, they can find a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination site.

From April 2022, healthy 5-11 year olds will also be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will take place outside of schools in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GPs and walk-in centres. Parents of 5-11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information. Online bookings for 5-11 year olds will open in April.


The NHS gives the following advice on how long children should stay off school if they’re unwell.

Coronavirus (symptoms
or a positive
Follow current Government and NHS guidance on isolation and testing in England.
Vomiting or diarrhoea 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped
Chickenpox When all the spots have crusted over – usually  at least five days after they first appeared
Impetigo 48 hours after starting prescription medication, or when the patches have crusted over if they aren’t taking medication
Scarlet fever 24 hours after starting antibiotics, or two weeks after the symptoms start, if they aren’t taking medication
Hand, foot and mouth As long as your child is feeling unwell – there’s no need to wait until the blisters heal
Measles At least four days after the rash develops
Scabies 24 hours after the first treatment
Shingles When the last blister has scabbed – usually 10 to 14 days after they first appear
Flu Five days

There’s no need for your child to stay off school with these conditions, unless they’re feeling unwell but please ensure they are receiving treatment :