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COVID-19 - Schools Information

Guidance for education settings

On Friday 1 April, the government updated their guidance for ‘Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19’ and guidance for education settings.

There is specific government guidance for children, schools and other educational and childcare settings in relation to COVID-19:

Information for parents and carers

Walsall Council’s Director of Public Health, Stephen Gunther, wrote to all parents, carers and school staff on 4 April asking for:

  • any child, young person or staff member who is unwell and has a high temperature to stay at home and avoid contact with other people
  • you to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell if they are infected with COVID-19
  • you to wait at least 48 hours (about two days) after symptoms have stopped before returning to work, school, college, or childcare
  • people who still have access to COVID-19 testing, either purchased or are using up remaining symptom-free tests (lateral flow devices) to stay at home if they are positive
  • you to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people when you're at your most infectious - for adults, this is five days; for children and young people aged 18 and under, this is three days
  • you to continue to adhere to COVID-secure measures in colleges, schools and nurseries and with childminders to continue to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19

Download the letter from the Director of Public Health (PDF 146k)

Ventilation

Leaders and staff in your child’s education setting will work to ensure it is well ventilated and that a comfortable teaching environment is maintained. 

Measures will be undertaken to improve fresh air flow in poorly ventilated areas and particular consideration given when holding events where visitors such as parents are on site, for example, school plays.

CO2 monitors are being provided to all state-funded education settings, together with full details of how to use them, to help keep teaching environments well ventilated.

Find out more about CO2 monitors on gov.uk or contact your child’s education setting directly.

Testing and isolation

Whilst you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, children and young people should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus. 

Read more on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell.

(Last updated 03 May 2022)