Self-isolation exemptions

You’re not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • you’re fully vaccinated.
  • you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Find out more on GOV.UK.

In-school symptom-free COVID-19 testing

Secondary school pupils are asked to do rapid COVID-19 tests at home twice a week.

Any pupils who test positive will need to go home to self-isolate.

Primary school pupils will not be part of the plans for mass symptom-free testing.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms

If your child has one or more of the following, you should make sure your child does not attend school:

  • high temperature
  • new and continuous cough
  • loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

Arrange a free COVID-19 test using the NHS website or by calling 119.

The child should isolate with your household until they have received their test result.

If the test is positive, they should continue to isolate with everyone in your household as directed by government guidance.

If the test is negative, your child should return to school when they are well.

You should tell your school the test result straight away.

Face coverings on public transport

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear on face coverings on public transport.

We recommend that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you normally meet. 

Read GOV.UK guidance on face coverings.

Bus services

For details on school bus services, visit the bus provider’s website.

In-school catering

All school catering is operational, including for all those pupils eligible for free school meals.

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