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Due to recent changes in COVID-19 procedures we are reissuing our advice to parents/ carers with the most up-to-date NHS guidance. Please follow the links below or visit for full guidance information.

Please note, that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

1. If you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  


If you or your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they should get a PCR test via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( or by calling 119 and remain at home at least until the result is known.

A negative PCR result

  • If negative, self-isolation ends.


A positive PCR result

  • If positive, you or your child should isolate until at least 10 days after symptoms appeared.
  • You can return to normal routines and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. 
  • Isolation can be ended after 7 days if you or your child do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and both tests are negative, the tests were done at least 24 hours apart and they do not have a high temperature.  Further guidance on this can be found here
  • If they still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.
  • If you or your child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, you should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if you go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following symptom onset.


2. If you or your child live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to self-isolate unless you meet any of the following conditions:

  • you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine such as Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Spikevax (formerly Moderna). You are also fully vaccinated if you have had one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine
  • you are below 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Please see the stay at home guidance with information of what the household should do. Even if you are exempt it is recommended that contacts take an LFD test every day for 7 days, and undertake other measures outlined in the guidance such as limiting contact with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces while the person in your household with COVID-19 is self-isolating.


3. If your child has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)

If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace then they are now strongly advised to take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.  Further guidance on how to order LFD tests can be found here  If any of these LFD tests are positive they should self-isolate in order to protect other people.  Further guidance can be found at


Please download the following documents for information about our safety arrangements at Sholing Infant School in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

For home learning during any potential lockdown or isolation please click here.