COVID-19 - Latest advice
The latest government advice (June 2022) is as follows:
Children who have tested positive for COVID-19:
It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can - please inform school on the first day of absence.
After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
When children and young people with symptoms should stay at home and when they can return to education
Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can - please inform school on the first day of absence.
They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.
For more information about COVID-19, other respiratory infections, vaccinations and self-care, please visit:
When a child is absent from school due to illness but is able and well enough to learn (for example, being absent from school due to testing positive with COVID-19), or an enforced closure of school occurs, Mapledene will provide remote education.
During periods of remote education, we will continue to provide work that is high quality, meaningful, ambitious, and covers the range of subjects that would have been taught in school, to enable children to keep on track with their education.
Where children have access to appropriate devices, remote education might include recordings (including material by third parties) and/or live teaching, as well as learning activities to be completed independently.
Mapledene will always endeavour to ensure all children are able to attend school in person with remote education being used as a last resort.
For more information on remote education, please see our policies page: