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William Cobbett Primary School


It is important we all work together to ensure the whole school is as safe as possible during the pandemic.

If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, they should get a PCR test and self-isolate. Children who develop symptoms at school will be sent home.

Children under the age of 18 no longer need to self-isolate when there is a case or suspected case in the household. Siblings can therefore continue to attend school as long as they are not displaying symptoms themselves.  See below for further details. 


What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( or by calling 119.

If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day. 

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

If the child has a positive test result but does not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken or following 2 negative LFD tests, taken 24 hours apart. The first LTD test should not be taken before the sixth day. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset.


Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)

Please see the stay at home guidance with information of what the household should do and who is exempt from isolation as a close contact. Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Contacts who are not required to self-isolate:

You will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

· you are fully vaccinated

· you are below the age of 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

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

This means that students who are under the age of 18 years and 6 months or older students who are fully vaccinated can still attend the educational setting if identified as a close contact.

If you are not required to self-isolate, you are strongly recommended to:

  • take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days after the household member who has COVID-19 started their self-isolation period if this is earlier
  • take this daily LFD test before you leave your home for the first time that day

If you take an LFD test and the result is positive, you should immediately self-isolate to prevent you from passing the infection on to other people. You should arrange to have a PCR test. If this PCR test result is positive, you must self-isolate and follow the advice for people who have COVID-19. If this PCR test result is negative, you can stop self-isolating but you should continue to take your daily LFD tests.