Symptomatic person

Those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, must not attend school.

Children, staff and other adults do not come into school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.

Anyone developing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms during the school day is sent home.

These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

All schools must follow this process and all staff are aware of it.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with:

  • a new and persistent cough


  • a high temperature


  • has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ - this sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

While a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision. If it is not possible to isolate them, we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.