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Should my child stay off school?


Respiratory Infection Guidance (incl COVID-19)
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to an education or childcare setting when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.
  • 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 where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days.
  • 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.
  • Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.
Guidance for children in educational settings included in People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (

Are you worried about your child?

Is your child struggling with worry or anxiety, panic, phobia, low mood or ‘over-checking’ behaviours?

The Mental Health Support Team in your school is here to help over the school holiday by running online (virtual) therapy sessions with your child, which they can attend using a tablet/computer in the home.

If you think your child could benefit from weekly/fortnightly therapy support over the summer holiday, please discuss your concerns with Jo Westney, your Designated Mental Health Lead in school via email –   You can refer your child by completing a Request for Help form – Please see below for form

You can also contact the Mental Health Support Team in Schools by phoning 0330 024532 or emailing

Parenting Smart provides a number of resources for parents and carers of 4-11-year-olds. Check out their articles on anxiety, resilience in children and the importance of boundaries.

Normal Magic is a service dedicated to promoting positive mental health and well-being support; parents can self-refer.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a wealth of resources and information about addiction and mental health, which could be invaluable to those in need. Secondly, we provide a helpline that offers immediate assistance to those struggling with addiction in Devon, a service that could be life-saving for some of your readers. Lastly, we offer a comprehensive directory of treatment centres throughout the UK, making it easier for those in need to find help near them.

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