My child is isolating because of contact with a confirmed case. If I have them tested and the result is negative, can they come back to school?
No - If your child has been asked to isolate, they must isolate for the full 10 days even if they have had a negative test result. This is because the virus can take up to 10 days to develop.
My child has been told to isolate because of contact with a confirmed case. Does the rest of the family need to isolate?
No - It is only those who are identified as close contacts that need to isolate. Other household members are contacts of a contact at this stage so siblings can continue to attend school.
If your child who is isolating develops symptoms, then you should arrange for your child to be tested and the household should isolate at least until the result is known. If the result is positive, your child should isolate from 10 days and the household for 10 days from when they developed symptoms.
The times when you must self-isolate are:
· When you have been asked to do so as a public health measure
· When you have been asked to do so by NHS Test & Trace
· If you or a family member have symptoms and are waiting for test results
· If you or a family member have had a positive test result
My household is isolating because one of us had symptoms and their test result has now come back negative. Can we stop isolating?
Yes - If you have not been identified as a contact but a member of your household develops symptoms, if there is a negative test result the household and the family member affected can stop isolating. Children should only return to school though when they are well, and they have not had a temperature for 48 hours.