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What to do if your child or a member of your family show symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive

My child has symptoms - What do we need to do?

If your child falls ill in school we will contact parents to come and collect your child.

If your child develops any of the following symptoms whether at school or at home, your child must self-isolate and you must arrange a coronavirus test. 


To arrange a test follow the link here - Book a Coronavirus test or by calling 119. Our nearest test centre is at Wroughton Park and Ride on Pipers Way, walk in facilities may also be available around Swindon or you can order a home testing kit, which can be arranged by following the link to book a test. 
Do NOT go to the GP Surgery
, Hospital or Pharmacy. 

My child has had a test and it’s negative. 
If a child tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school. If the pupil remains unwell following the test (such as with a different illness), then they can return when well enough to do so.

Your child should continue to remain at home if they have been advised to self-isolate for 10 days as part of NHS Test and Trace (see below). 


My child has had a test and it’s positive. 
If a child tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. They should only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. 
Siblings and other household family members should follow the current guidance on self-isolation. 


Please keep the school informed as to your situation so we can record their absence appropriately.  Attendance will not be affected by following the guidelines on isolation due to COVID-19. 

Someone in the child’s household has symptoms.

If someone in the child’s household has symptoms, the household should self-isolate and the member of their household should get a test.

If the member of the household tests negative, the child can stop self-isolating and can return to school.

If the household member tests positive, the child should continue self-isolating for the full 10 days from when the member of their household first had symptoms.


NHS Test and Trace

Anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and you will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 meters for more than 15 minutes. 

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 10 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Further information about NHS Test and Trace is available here

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they should book a test (see above). 

If you test positive you should stay at home for 10 days (or current government guidelines) or until symptoms have passed if symptoms are still present after the 10 days. 

If negative, you should still remain at home until 10 days have passed symptom free. 

For further information please follow the link below. 


What happens if a child has been diagnosed with coronavirus and has been attending school?

Following current government guidelines, if we have a reported case of Coronavirus within school we are required to contact Public Health England. We would then be guided by them as to any required action to be taken.



My child is self-isolating and is feeling well.

Children should be encouraged to engage with home learning via Class Dojo if they are self-isolating because; 

  • Your child is awaiting Coronavirus test results and is feeling well enough to engage in home learning
  • Child having been diagnosed with Coronavirus, therefore isolating for 10 days and is now feeling well enough to engage in home learning. 
  • NHS Test and Trace 10 days self-isolation
  • A family/household member awaiting test results
  • A family/household member with Coronavirus
  • Self-isolation having travelled from abroad and are required to self-isolate, following current government guidelines 








Christmas Advice from Swindon Borough Council

Information on support available to those who may be financially affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic

East Wichel Primary School Covid-19 Risk Assesment

Returning to primary school: what parents need to know (Government Publication)