What to do if your child is ill and guidance on Covid-19 related absence

Please read the information on what to do if your child is ill. If your child is not well enough to come into school please let the school know by 9 a.m. Thank you.

If your child needs to bring prescribed medication into school, such as an inhaler or auto-injector pen, please complete this Administration of Medicine Form and return to the school office. Please refer to our Medicines Policy here.

You may find useful information in this NHS – Guide to local health services (Sept21)



Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. It is important to self-isolate if they have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • a high temperature;
  • a new, continuous cough;
  • a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.

If you or anyone in your household has these symptoms, you must get a PCR swab test (a test that is sent to a lab). You must stay at home until you get your result. Please let the school know that you are isolating and inform the school of the result of the PCR

You can arrange to get a PCR test done by following this link: or calling 119.

Further information about testing in Bedford can be found here:

Please note that confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January 2022. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test for the time being.

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day.  If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Given the high infection rate, we continue to emphasise the importance of social distancing and remaining cautious despite the relaxation of the lockdown rules and urge everyone to follow the guidelines with regards to testing. Consider a lateral flow test for any cold-like symptoms, headaches, body aches or an upset stomach, which may be early warning signs of Covid-19 in children.

Positive Cases in households – all household contacts of a positive case over 5 years old are strongly encouraged to take a daily lateral flow device test (LFD) for 7 days.

Please see the Parent Update on Covid Practices from 11.01.2022 and the BBC Parent Carer FLOWCHART From 17th JAN 2022 PDF

If you are unsure, please phone the school office on 01234 838 827 and we will be happy to help.

Many thanks for your continued support.