Guidance for Schools

The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. Schools and colleges are maintaining proportionate protective measures that help keep pupils and staff safe and minimise disruption to face-to-face education.

Does my child still have to test?

Regular asymptomatic testing (LFD tests) is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, unless directed to by a health professional. Alternative provision and children’s social care settings.

Residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible Covid-19 outbreak.

What should I do if my child has symptoms of Covid-19?

Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to education or childcare setting when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.

What should I do if my child receives a positive LFD result?

If a child or young person has a positive Covid-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days, after the day they took the test.

The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

Are face coverings required in schools?

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings including in communal areas of schools.

However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

What happens if my child is a contact of a Covid-19 case?

Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has Covid-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal.

If you are a contact of someone with Covid-19 carefully follow the guidance on What to do if you’ve been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 – NHS (

To view the full national guidance for people who have symptoms of respiratory infections, including Covid-19 and/or a positive test result, please visit This guidance includes advice for children and young people attending education and childcare settings.

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other respiratory infections and to protect those at highest risk, the government recommends taking the following steps:

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.
  3. Try to stay at home if feeling unwell and you have a temperature.
  4. Practice good hygiene:
    • wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
    • cover your coughs and sneezes
    • clean your surroundings frequently
  5. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people you do not usually meet.