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Education guidance

As the situation regarding the coronavirus has developed, Public Health Services has produced guidance for schools and colleges. These are being updated as the advice changes so please keep checking back to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.

This page was last updated on 18 September 2020 at 16:50

Schools re-opened to all students five days a week on Monday 8th June, and the remainder of the term played out up to the start of the summer holidays.

Following the move to Phase 5 of the Island’s Exit from Lockdown Framework, social distancing measures no longer apply. When schools resumed for the new academic year in September 2020, day to day business is “as normal”. Public Health and Education continue to monitor the situation.

If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 such as the below, please do not send them to school or college until all symptoms have cleared:

  • New and severe fatigue
  • New muscle ache for no obvious reason
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
  • Shortness of breath, chest tightness
  • Continuous new cough
  • Children and Over 80s and 90s – loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later

If you need advice please contact the Clinical Helpline. However, if your child has a pre-existing condition, which means they regularly have a symptom linked to COVID-19 (for example, if your child is asthmatic and regularly has a cough) we would advise you to proactively speak to their teacher about it. 

In terms of school attendance, any student who is in enhanced passive-follow-up cannot go to school. Any student returning from a Category 2 or 3 country or region, and has received a negative COVID-19 test result (and does not have symptoms) and moved into the passive follow-up surveillance phase is able to attend school.

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