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How can I protect myself and others against COVID-19?

You can check the latest Government guidance and information about COVID-19 by visiting the Government website.

Information for parents and carers

Schools across the county continue to work hard to ensure that every pupil can access face-to-face, high-quality education with minimal disruption.

Free testing for Covid-19 is no longer routinely available and cases in education and childcare settings will now be managed as for all acute respiratory illnesses. 

Settings will continue to work hard to prevent infections spreading through thorough cleaning, ventilation and encouraging good hygiene (hand washing and use of disposable tissues to catch coughs and sneezes).  In rare circumstances settings may be advised to take extra steps to help keep children and staff safe.  In this scenario you will be notified of any changes by your 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 an education or childcare setting when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.  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.

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 three days after the day they took the test. 

Childhood illnesses commonly spread in education and childcare settings.  Parents and carers should inform the setting if a child is unwell and follow the settings’ exclusion policy for the illness to prevent further transmission.

If you are concerned about a child’s illness and would like medical help, contact NHS 111.

Further information

  1. COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  2. South West Regional Consensus Schools Statement  - 21 October 2021
  3. What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19  (last updated 27 September 2021)
  4. Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the COVID-19 outbreak (last updated 27 September 2021)
  5. Return to school letter  - 3 September 2021
Page updated: 31/03/2022 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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