Reporting COVID-19 related Absence
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
Get tested and self-isolate if required
If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
If you have no symptoms:
If you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste):
stay at home
Children and young people in England:
are at a very low risk and rate of severe illness from current variants – the benefits of them being in an education setting continues to significantly outweigh the COVID-19 health risks
will no longer be in bubbles or be required to self-isolate if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
should stay at home and get a PCR test if they have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms
are advised to take 2 rapid lateral flow tests at school (3 to 5 days apart) at the start of term, followed by twice weekly testing at home
can get support to help them catch up or to boost their wellbeing
NHS Guidance for Coronavirus in Children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.
Help from NHS 111
Get help from NHS 111 if you're worried about your child or not sure what to do.
For children aged 5 or over – get help from NHS 111 online.
For children under 5 – call 111.
What to do if your child seems very unwell
Children and babies will still get illnesses that can make them very unwell quickly. It's important to get medical help if you need it.
Call 111 or your GP surgery if your child:
is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a fever
is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature of 39C or higher, or you think they have a fever
has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature (fever)
has a high temperature that's lasted for 5 days or more
does not want to eat, or is not their usual self and you're worried
has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol
is dehydrated – for example, nappies are not very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they're crying
Immediate action required:
Call 999 if your child:
has a stiff neck
has a rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it (use the "glass test" from Meningitis Now)
is bothered by light
has a seizure or fit for the first time (they cannot stop shaking)
has unusually cold hands and feet
has pale, blotchy, blue or grey skin
has a weak, high-pitched cry that's not like their usual cry
is drowsy and hard to wake
is extremely agitated (does not stop crying) or is confused
finds it hard to breathe and sucks their stomach in under their ribs
has a soft spot on their head that curves outwards
is not responding like they usually do, or not interested in feeding or usual activities