Updated 5 January 2021
The Government has announced national lockdown measures in effect from 5 January.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
You should book a test for your child if they have the symptoms of coronavirus, which are:
You can book a test online at GOV.UK. If you have problems using the online service you can call 119.
As soon as you have symptoms of coronavirus you must self-isolate at home. The guidance on what you need to do is on the NHS website.
If there is a confirmed case in a school, Public Health England and the City Council's public health team will work with school's leadership team to ensure staff and pupils take any necessary measures to stop the virus spreading.
They will establish who the confirmed case has been in contact with and which other pupils will need to self-isolate for 14 days. In some instances this will be a class or year group 'bubble'. The size of these bubbles will depend on the risk assessment carried out by the school.
These measures are considered carefully as it is understood that they can cause considerable inconvenience to families. However, they are very important to keeping your child and your family safe and stopping the spread of the virus in the community.
All other pupils in the school should continue to attend school unless told otherwise.
If your child is asked to self-isolate but is not showing symptoms, they need to stay at home for 14 days.
The school will aim to ensure learning can continue during this period.
Siblings of a child asked to self-isolate for this reason should attend school as usual, unless told otherwise.
Please ensure that if your child is asked to self-isolate they do not leave home or socialise with friends. If they start to show symptoms, please arrange a test for them.
What to do if...
Action you need to take
Back to school...
...my child has COVID 19 (coronavirus) symptoms*
...when child's test comes back negative
...my child tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
...when child feels better, and has been without a fever for at least 48 hours
They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell / taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
...somebody in my household has COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms*
...when household member test is negative, and child does not have COVID-19 symptoms*
...somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
...when child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during the 14 days
...NHS Test and Trace has identified my child as a 'close contact' of somebody with symptoms* or confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus)
...when the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during those 14 days
...we / my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine
...when the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed for the child, even if they test negative during those 14 days
...we have received advice from a medical / official source that my child must resume shielding
...when school / other agencies inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again
....I am not sure who should get a test for COVID -19 (coronavirus)
...when conditions above, as matching your situation, are met