We will update this page with resources and guidance as they are received. However, you are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.
Click this link to find information about children vaccinations:
Vaccinations for clinically vulnerable children and young people– your questions answered - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)
DfE* Covid Updates
The key messages below have been taken from the following guidance:
People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk),
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in adults - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- The symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are very similar so it is not possible to tell if you have COVID-19, flu or another infection based on symptoms alone. Most people with COVID-19 will have a relatively mild illness, especially if they have been vaccinated.
- Respiratory infections are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months. Symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19 and RSV.
- The risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections is very low for most children and young people
- Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can
- It is particularly important to avoid close contact with anyone who you know is at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell if they are infected with COVID-19
- Children and staff can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
- In some cases, you might continue to have a cough or feel tired after your other symptoms have improved but this does not mean that you are still infectious.
- Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test.
- It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
- If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.
- You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.
- If adults have a positive COVID-19 test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test. If you are unable to work from home, talk to your employer about options available to you
- If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can.
DfE - Department for Education