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Self-isolation guide for school children

Find out what to do if your child has been told to self-isolate by their school or college.

What's on this page:

    Stay at home

    Your child must not:

    • Go to school
      Go to school
    • Meet friends indoors
      Meet friends indoors
    • Meet friends outdoors
      Meet friends outdoors
    • Visit the shops
      Visit the shops
    • Go to parks
      Go to parks
    • Visit public places
      Visit public places
    • Use public transport
      Use public transport
    • Use taxis
      Use taxis

    Other members of the household

    Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate unless your child or anyone else starts to display symptoms.

    • No symptoms in household?
      No symptoms in household?

      Only schoolchild must isolate.

    • Symptoms in household?
      Symptoms in household?

      Everyone must isolate.

    Exercise

    • They must not go out for walks, even with a mask on.
      They must not go out for walks, even with a mask on.
    • Your child can exercise at home or in your garden.
      Your child can exercise at home or in your garden.

    Visitors

    • You cannot have any family, friends or visitors round to your home.
      You cannot have any family, friends or visitors round to your home.
    • Your child must not meet with neighbours over the fence.
      Your child must not meet with neighbours over the fence.

    Main symptoms of COVID-19

    • New, continuous cough
      New, continuous cough

      This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

    • High temperature
      High temperature

      This means they may feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to take their temperature with a thermometer).

    • Loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
      Loss or change to their sense of smell or taste

      This means they may tell you that they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different.