Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice
Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms - If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
- Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Stay at home (self-isolate)– do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
- Get a test– get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.
Guidance on Testing
If you develop coronavirus symptoms you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household. You should also ask for a Coronavirus test online: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test to find out if you have coronavirus. If you are worried or have any questions, please visit the NHS 111 website.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus testing if: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
- You’re worried about your symptoms
- You don’t know what to do
If you are self-isolating, all household members must remain at home. Do not go outside your home for any reason i.e. to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. Please see the Government’s guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection page for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must share the information promptly with your recent contacts through the NHS test and trace service to help them alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
If you wish to report a positive test for someone in your household or your child, please contact the school to inform us as soon as possible, we will ask that you forward your test result to email@example.com
A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done.
If your test is positive, you must self-isolate.
- If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when you had the test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating. Read more about how long to self-isolate https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/
A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus.
You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:
- everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
- everyone in your support bubble who has symptoms tests negative
- you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace – if you were, see what to do if you've been told you've been in contact with someone who has coronavirus
- you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better
To help prevent the potential spread of any infections, including Covid-19, the PHE has launched the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it campaign. Using a tissue to sneeze, binning the tissues and washing your hands is the best way to stop the spread of any germs or viruses. We advise that you practice and follow good hygiene to stop the spread of germs.
Please check the Public Health England website for the latest official advice about how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus