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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My child has tested positive on a lateral flow test, but has no symptoms. What should I do now?
Your child should stay at home and self-isolate. The day that they tested positive on the lateral flow test is Day 0. On Day 5 and Day 6 they should complete a lateral flow test. These two tests should be 24 hours apart. If they test negative on both of these and they do not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation and should return to school on Day 6.
If your child is unable to take a lateral flow test, then they should continue to self-isolate until the end of Day 10.
My child has cold symptoms. Should they come to school?
No. You should book a PCR test and can do this by clicking here. We ask that you do this at a local testing site, rather than by post, if possible, so that if your child tests negative, they can return to school as soon as possible.
Someone in our household has tested positive. Should I keep my child at home?
Your child should continue to attend school provided that they do not have any symptoms of Covid. They should complete a lateral flow test every day, as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. You can order additional lateral flow test kits by clicking here or find out where to collect them locally by clicking here. NHS Test and Trace will advise how long they should continue to test for.
If your child shows symptoms, then you should book a PCR test.
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.