JUST weeks into the new school term, hundreds of pupils have had to self-isolate due to testing positive for coronavirus.

Across Newport, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly, more than 660 pupils were having to isolate as of Monday, September 20.

But with the rise in cases across the region's schools, what are the rules that parents should be aware of?



What are the rules?

If a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school, if fit to do so.

The three main symptoms of Covid-19 to be aware of are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever or high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If your child develops one of these symptoms they should follow the self-isolation guidance and you should apply for a coronavirus test.

If the test comes back positive, the contact tracing team will get in touch with a parent/guardian.

Children are not required to provide evidence of any negative test on return to school.

What if my child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

PCR tests will be offered to anyone who is identified as a close contact. These are not mandatory but are recommended. 

If your child does not have symptoms and has not been advised to stay home/self-isolate by a contact tracer then they can attend the school.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or has any of the Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate and not attend school.

Do I have to self-isolate if my child tests positive?

No. All adults in Wales who have been fully vaccinated, or those under 18, are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with coronavirus.

Free school meals arrangements:

If your child is eligible for free school meals and is asked to self-isolate, contact your child's school or the local authority to find out how to make the arrangements for this.

Local authorities are able to claim for additional expenses incurred in providing free school meals for pupils who are self-isolating via the Welsh Government’s Local Government Hardship Fund, up to a maximum of £3.90 per pupil per day.