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Testing and absence related to COVID-19

The information below summarises public health information provided by the UK Health Security Agency and is correct at Monday 5th September 2022.  To read the latest and full advice please visit the gov.uk website.

Children and young people (aged 18 years and under) who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19

Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can 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, where they can.  They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.

Testing for COVID-19

The UK Health Security Agency says it is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. 

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, they can and should return to school.