Schools - coronavirus
If your child has a cold
We recognise that with children back in schools, bugs and illnesses may circulate, such as the common cold or smaller viral infections.
If your child has cold symptoms such as a runny nose or sore throat, but no fever, then treat it as such, but they should still attend school unless they are too poorly to do so.
If they are well enough to be at school, they should follow standard hygiene practice by washing their hands regularly and using tissues to catch coughs or sneezes, then disposing of them correctly.
Your child’s school should not refuse your child access, unless they are too unwell to be there.
When to get a test
The school should only tell you to get a COVID-19 test if your child has any of the following main symptoms:
- new, continuous cough
- high fever or temperature
- loss or change of taste or smell
COVID-19 tests are only for those people displaying one or more of the main symptoms.
How to get a test
If your child has any of these symptoms, then you should:
- get a test as soon as possible, to check if you have coronavirus
- follow the governement guidance to stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result (only leave your home to have a test); anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result
- tell the school
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness, but it’s important to follow this guidance to help stop the spread.
Don't call 111
Don't call 111 if you need a test. Find out how to get a test.
111 should be used for those who need urgent medical advice. It cannot be used to arrange coronavirus testing.
Test availability is refreshed throughout the day, if tests are not available near you, please try again later.
Please also note, that face coverings are not compulsory in any school and only in those of secondary school age if they attend a school in a lockdown area.
Returning to school
In line with the government’s plan, all children and young people in all year groups are expected to return to school and college full-time for the start of new school term in September.
For most schools in Central Bedfordshire, the start of term is 7 September, though some schools may start earlier than this.
What you need to know
As a concerned parent or carer, you will probably have many questions about school re-opening and what this means for your child.
Visit GOV.UK to find out what you need to know about the government's guidance on returning to school, opening arrangements, attendance and how you can help reduce the risks. Read the latest government advice about the use of face coverings in schools and view the results of a new study by Public Health England on the low numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools.
We know some children and young people will be looking forward to returning to school, but that others may be feeling anxious and worried. Find out how to get support.
What schools will do
The health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is top priority for all schools, and they will do all they can to minimise that risk.
You should check with your school about its plans for your child returning to school. Read about protective measures that schools will be taking, on the government’s website.
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Advice for parents and carers
You may have many questions about everything that is happening at the moment. We have put together a page of useful resources that can help you find information and advice on topics such as childcare, health and wellbeing, critical workers, school opening and transport, family information and more.