The rules for households if a child is told to self-isolate by their school

Together For Children have issued advice to parents on what they need to know if their child is told to self-isolate by their school.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 7:29 am

The advice comes as Covid cases in the city are beginning to rise, with 25 out of 36 areas in Sunderland seeing a slight increase in infections in the seven days to 15 June.

Together For Children, the organisation that supports schools in Sunderland, has provided advice for parents on what to do if your children are told to self-isolate by their school.

This is everything you need to know if your child is told to self-isolate.

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What happens if my child is told to self-isolate?

Any school pupil in a bubble, class or year group who have been asked to self-isolate should have received some sort of communication for the affected school or Public Health.

If parents have any concerns or are unclear on what they need to do, then they need to speak to the relevant school directly for further guidance.

A Together For Children spokesperson said: “Any pupils in a bubble, class or year group who’ve been asked to isolate will have received communications from the school and/or Public Health advising them of the need to isolate.

“If parents have any concerns or are unclear on what they need to do, they should speak with their child’s school directly for further guidance."

Does the rest of the household need to self-isolate?

According to the Gov.uk, if a child is told to self-isolate, the rest of the household are not required to self-isolate with them unless they start showing symptoms.

This means that parents can still go to work and other siblings can still attend school.

The website states: “Self-isolation means staying at home and not going outside your home at any time. If you live with other people, they do not need to self-isolate, but they should avoid contact with you as far as possible and follow advice on hygiene.

"If you go on to develop symptoms, anyone you live with must then self-isolate and you must report your symptoms and get tested.”

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