These are the main three coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms to be aware of:
There is no longer a legal requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. After five days, you may choose to take a LFD test followed by another the next day – if both are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can safely return to your normal routine. Anyone who tests positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household.
There is no longer a requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the age of 18 to test daily for seven days, and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate has been removed.
Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas, however staff and pupils should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of school, including on transport to and from school.
Visitors, staff or students may choose to wear face coverings.
From 21 February, staff and pupils in mainstream secondary school settings will not be expected to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing and should follow asymptomatic testing advice for the general population. Therefore, test kits will no longer be provided to staff and students.
If there needs to be a return to more regular lateral flow testing, for example because of an outbreak in school or high community transmission, we will be advised when to do so by our local public health teams. We have a provision of tests for this purpose.