What are the rules if your child is sent home from school in Sheffield to self isolate

What you should do if your child has been sent home from school to self-isolate.

By Sam Ward
Monday, 21st September 2020, 1:42 pm

The amount of positive cases in schools across Sheffield is growing daily, with pupils who have been in contact with infected individuals being sent home to self-isolate as a consequence.

This can include group ‘bubbles’, whole year groups, or, in some cases, even more.

When to self-isolate:

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Any pupils sent home from school should self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child has developed one of the following coronavirus symptoms, they should not attend school: a new continuous cough, has a high temperature, or has lost their sense of taste or smell.

The child should get a test through the Government website, or by calling 119.

The whole household, including the child showing symptoms, should self-isolate while waiting for a test.

The whole household should also self-isolate if the test comes back as positive.

If the NHS Test and Trace tells you that your child has been in ‘close contact’ with an infected individual, all members of your household do NOT need to self-isolate, unless they are a ‘close contact’ also.

Test and Trace guidance states: “If your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation.

"Anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.

"If your test is negative, other household members no longer need to self-isolate.

"If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating (unless you have been contacted separately by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive).”

Schools allow a child to return as soon as a test comes back negative.

If it is positive, or someone in you household tests positive, the child should only return after the 14 day isolation period.

What if someone from your child’s school has coronavirus?

Advice from Silverdale School in Sheffield says: “If your child is not a known contact of a confirmed case they can return to school if the result is negative, provided they feel well and they have not had a fever for 48 hours, if your child is a contact of a confirmed case they must stay off school for the 14-day isolation period, even if they test negative.

"This is because they can develop the infection at any point up to day 14.”

What to do when self-isolating:

Do not leave the house for any circumstance, including not to exercise, except to go in the garden.

Do not meet up with anyone from other households, including close family or friends, and do not let them in to your home.

If your whole household is self-isolating, do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.

Your child may be asked to complete homework or classwork online during the isolation period but this differs for the different schools in Sheffield.

For more information on when and how to self-isolate, visit the NHS website.