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Coronavirus Guidance (COVID-19)

Last updated on Wednesday 20th October 2021

Please ensure you and your family continue to follow the latest Government guidelines.

COVID-19 Symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must not come to school and stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.

What do we mean by possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (COVID-19)?

  • Possible infection is where a person has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and is currently awaiting a test result.
  • Confirmed infection is where a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Main messages

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.

Please  inform the school office of your test results as soon as possible. 

After 10 days, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.

You will receive further advice from the NHS if you test positive.

Rules from 16th August 2021

Adults and children will not be required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 if any of the following apply:  

They are fully vaccinated (both doses, 14 days after the second dose)

They are below the age of 18 years 6 months

They have taken part in an approved vaccine trial

They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

NHS Test and Trace will provide advice regarding PCR testing for these individuals.

From 16th August 2021 all children not required to self-isolate following a close contact (see bullet point above) can attend school and should:

Get a PCR test (follow NHS Test & Trace advice)

Wear a face covering on public/dedicated transport (they do not need to wear a face covering at school)

Limit close contact with CEV children or staff

Handwashing advice

Parents are encouraged to check the latest NHS guidance here: NHS guidance

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean