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For current Government Covid-19 advice, check the link below


Government Coronavirus advice.


All children 5-11 Years old are now eligible for the Covid19 vaccination. See the link below for more information.


Government Guidance


Children aged 5-11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

See the link below for more information.

Current Advice

You are no longer required to do a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test if you have symptoms.

But if you or your child has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for a further 3 days after your positive test, if you are under 18 years
  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for a further 5 days after your positive test, if you are over 18 years
  • avoid meeting people who are more likely to get seriously ill from viruses, such as people with a weakened immune system, for a further 10 days after your positive test

Previous Advice


How to report Covid Testing/Covid Cases

Please email our dedicated email address for reporting if children are being tested for Covid or have tested positive for Covid. Please email us as soon as you have booked a test or have received the results of a test. 

Below are some of the current symptoms that children might experience, if they have Covid-19.




High temperature

Loss of taste or smell


Sore throat

Cold (runny nose)

Sore tummy




Sore eyes



Useful Advice

The importance of reporting test results

You can now access free LFD testing and home testing kits in your local community. Find your nearest testing site and book appointments or click on the document below:

Current Guidance from the Department for Education
Information for Parents about Home Learning


Message from Public Health Durham:

If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19 during the school holidays it is very important that you provide information about who they have had contact with, both in school and out of school, with the NHS Test and Trace Service.


Your child should not return to school following the holidays if they develop symptoms or are in the self-isolation period.


Find out more at



Information for Parents/Carers About Returning to School


Medical Advice and Information Relating to Covid-19

Message from the School Nurses


The School Nursing Team share a Facebook page with Durham and Chester le Street Health Visitors called:


Growing Healthy 0-19 Chester le Street and Durham


The page posts daily public health information and signposts to other health, wellbeing and support services in the local area.

If you search for the page then click follow, their posts will come up on your news feed.


Advice and Guidance on Wellbeing and Mental Health During Covid-19 Outbreak

Mental Health Support Agencies

Useful Links to Support Children with Anxieties

Looking After Yourself, Looking After Your Children

Advice and Support from Durham Local Transformation Planning Group


Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)