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Back to school

Returning to school in 2022 

Last updated: Thursday 26 May 2022.

Children and young people should stay at home and avoid contact with others for three days if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. They should return to their normal routine once they have a normal temperature (less than 37.8°C or no longer hot to touch).

Children with mild symptoms – runny nose, sore throat etc can continue to attend educational settings. Testing should take place once symptoms start.

Children and young people who usually attend school and have been identified as a close contact are NOT required to self-isolate but testing is advised once symptoms start. This is a change from previous guidance (which advised a one-off PCR test).​

Children and young people attending education or childcare settings will not normally be expected to wear a face covering. Face coverings for children under the age of three are not recommended for safety reasons.

If the rate of COVID-19 infection in a particular area or individual education setting substantially increases, increased measures may be introduced at a local or individual school level, respectively. You will be notified accordingly.

If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s school directly.

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