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Please help stop the spread of coronavirus -what does it mean if your child has been asked to self-isolate?

If your child is told to self-isolate by school this is because someone in their class bubble has tested positive for coronavirus. They have been identified as a close contact and it has been reported to Public Health England and the Local Authority. Being a 'close contact' means they might have caught coronavirus (COVID-19) because they have been with a child or adult in school who has COVID-19.


What does self-isolation mean?

To stop the spread of infection it is important that your child follows the following rules:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • do not leave home for any reason, including walking with a sibling to school
  • minimise contact with anyone they live with as much as possible

Other people they live with and anyone in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate, unless they show symptoms. 


A child's self-isolation period includes the day they were last in contact with the person who tested positive and the next 10 full days.


Read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with.


If your child gets symptoms of coronavirus

Organise for your child to have a test as soon as possible if they show the following symptoms

  • a high temperature,
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 
  • in school, children who have tested positive have also had symptoms of a runny nose and sore throat. Whilst these symptoms are not 'official' please be mindful of any change in your child's health and be extra cautious.


If your child gets symptoms everyone in your household must self-isolate until they have been tested and received the result.

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