Schools self-isolation COVID-19 advice

What to do if…

Please note, this advice is available in multiple languages on the Trafford Directory website. 

To find out more information on how you or your child can access COVID-19 testing, visit Coronavirus testing in Trafford.

Someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms

  • Child / children does not need to isolate if they are a contact of someone with symptoms
  • Child / children are advised get a PCR test if they are a contact of someone with symptoms
  • Person with symptoms isolates and should get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Household contacts must isolate unless they are exempt. You are exempt if you are under 18 or if you are double vaccinated
  • Inform the school immediately about test results

Back to school - children with household contacts can attend school if they do not have Covid-19 symptoms.

You must not use a lateral flow test for someone with symptoms. 

My child has COVID-19 symptoms

  • Child / children should not attend school
  • Child should get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • If someone in your household tests positive all adults who are not fully vaccinated must also self-isolate
  • Inform the school immediately about test results

Back to school only if child tests negative and has been fever free for at least 48 hours.

You must not use a lateral flow test for someone with symptoms. 

My child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test (a test taken at an official testing site)

  • Child / children should not attend school
  • Child should self-isolate for 10 days self isolates from date symptoms started (or date of test if no symptoms)
  • Inform the school immediately about test results
  • If someone in your household tests positive all adults who are not fully vaccinated must also self-isolate

Back to school after 10 days if the child has been fever free for at least two days and feels well enough to return to school. Children can return to school even if they still have a cough or loss of taste or smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks after the initial infection.

My child tests positive for COVID-19 using a lateral flow test (a test taken at home)

  • Inform the school immediately about test results
  • Child / children should not attend school and should book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Child should self-isolate until they get the results of the PCR test - if positive they must follow the instructions in the section above

Back to school if the PCR test comes back negative. 

I or someone in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test (taken at an official test site)

  • Child / children does not need to isolate if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19
  • Child / children are advised get a PCR test if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19
  • Inform the school immediately about test results

Back to school - if the child takes a test they need to isolate until they get the result. They can return to school when the test is negative if they don't have any symptoms.

I or someone in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 using a lateral flow test (a test taken at home)

  • Household member who tested positive should get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • If the PCR test is positive, please read the guidance on this page for 'I or someone in my household has tested positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test'
  • Child / children does not need to isolate if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19
  • Child / children are advised get a PCR test if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19
  • Inform the school immediately about the PCR test result

Back to school - they can return to school if they don't have any symptoms. 

NHS test and trace has identified my child as a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case

  • Child / children does not need to isolate if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19
  • Child / children are advised get a PCR test if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19

Back to school - if the child takes a test they need to isolate until they get the result. They can return to school when the test is negative if they don't have any symptoms.

My child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
  • Provide information to school as per attendance policy

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • Child shouldn’t attend school
  • Whole household self-isolates for 10 days – even if they test negative during those 10 days

Back to school when the quarantine period of 10 days has been completed for the child, even if they test negative during those 10 days.