COVID-19: Travel and quarantine guidance

Over the recent Easter holidays and as we approach the summer months, we are particularly mindful that families may have travelled or have travel plans. The UK government is asking that non-essential international travels be avoided to some countries and territories unless legally permitted to do so. This measure will help reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and the risks posed by the COVID-19 variants.                                                                      

Those permitted to travel to any country outside the UK (except Ireland) are required to quarantine for 10 days and obtain a day two and day eight COVID-19 test after return into the UK. Those who have travelled will not be able to leave home quarantine until receiving a negative result from the day eight test and after completing the 10 days period of self-isolation. Children under five do not need to take the day two and day eight test.

Children, parents, staff who are travelling to and or returning from (or who have travelled through) red list countries and anyone in the household who also travelled are required to quarantine in a managed facility and must not return to school until a 10-day period has elapsed. More information on managed quarantine and home quarantine can be found here.                                                                 

We advise that schools continue to disseminate information to all staff, pupils, and parents on the need to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and quarantine rules. Staff or children who break quarantine rules must be sent home immediately and reminded of the legal implications of non-adherence.