Coronavirus: Self-Isolation and Stay at Home Guidance

I am writing to you again today to ensure that there is clarity amongst parents and students about the government guidance regarding self-isolation, updated yesterday.

Most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

Guidance from the government is that ‘for anyone exhibiting symptoms, however mild, then all members of the household in which you live must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.’ If household members are self-isolating in the home because someone else is displaying symptoms and they themselves go on to develop symptoms, they must then stay at home for 7 days from the onset of their symptoms even if that goes beyond the end of original 14 day self-isolation period.

Full details of the stay at home self-isolation guidance can be found at:

Schools have been advised that if anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or high temperature they should be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance above.

We have sent a number of children home today as they were presenting as unwell, predominantly with persistent coughs, and they should then be in self-isolating households following the Stay at Home guidance for 14 days.

I would urge all parents to read the Stay At Home Guidance carefully so that they can prepare for the considerable restriction on everyday life that is required. It would also be extremely helpful to calmly share this guidance with your children so that you can be sure that they understand the restrictions on them that will be required too.

Thank you all again for your ongoing support at this difficult time.