FAQs about absence due to Covid
As government guidance has changed and there are many questions that parents and carers may have about if they should keep their child at home, we have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions, which are shared below.
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Should my child continue to test?
It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
My child has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do now?
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.
My child has Covid-19 symptoms. Should they come to school?
Pupils who have symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the latest government guidance about when they should stay at home. You can find information from the NHS here.
Someone in our household has tested positive. Should I keep my child at home?
No. 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.
Someone we live with or need to see regularly is critically vulnerable or vulnerable. Can I keep my child at home?
Your child should continue to attend school. We are not able to authorise absence for this reason, unless we are provided with evidence from a doctor.
Infection rates are rising and my child has a condition that means they are more vulnerable to the virus. Can I keep them at home?
The government has said that attendance is mandatory for all students, and therefore, your child should continue to attend school, unless they have tested positive for Covid, have symptoms, or are unwell. The school would require evidence from a doctor to authorise absence to ‘shield’ a child with a chronic condition that means they may be more vulnerable to Covid.
If you have concerns about your child attending school, please contact their Year Leader in the first instance.