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 should not attend school
  • Household member with symptoms should get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Whole household self isolates while awaiting test results
  • Inform the school immediately about test results

Back to school only if household member tests negative from a PCR test and child does not have 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
  • Whole household self isolates while awaiting test results
  • 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
  • Whole household self isolates for 10 days from date symptoms started (or date of test if no symptoms)

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 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
  • Whole household self isolates for 10 days from date symptoms started (or date of test if no symptoms)
  • If anyone in the household develops symptoms while self-isolating they must follow the 'Someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms' at the top of this page

Back to school when child has completed 10 days of self-isolation, even if they test negative during the 10 days.

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

  • Child / children should not attend school
  • Household member who tested positive should get a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Whole household self isolates while awaiting test results
  • If 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'
  • If negative, the self isolation can end and the child can attend school
  • Inform the school immediately about the PCR test result

Back to school when the confirmatory PCR test comes back negative or when the 10 days of self-isolation is complete. 

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

  • Child should not attend school
  • Child self-isolates for 10 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) – even if they test negative during those 10 days
  • Rest of household does not need to self-isolate, unless they are a ‘close contact’ too

Back to school when the child has completed 10 days of self-isolation

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.