Should my child still go to school 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.
We have infection prevention and control measures in place 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.
- Ensuring occupied spaces are well-ventilated and let fresh air in.
- Reinforcing good hygiene practices such as hand washing and cleaning.
The NHS gives the following advice on how long children should stay off school if they’re unwell.
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|Follow current Government and NHS guidance on isolation and testing in England.
For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be three days this is after the day of testing.
|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|
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 :