Last reviewed on 7 November 2022
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Coronavirus continues to affect staff and pupils. Find out what the latest guidance says and read advice on how you can adapt to live with COVID-19.

What should we do if staff or pupils test positive?

Asymptomatic testing is no longer expected in schools, and schools can't order free lateral flow tests.

Staff and pupils are advised to try to stay home if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature, or if they feel unwell (returning to school when they feel well enough, and no longer have a high temperature).

Those with a positive test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people:

  • Staff for 5 days from after the day the test was taken
  • Pupils for 3 days from after the day the test was taken

Buckingham Council publishes an HR guide for schools and staff in the county, which may be helpful for other schools. It includes advice on what staff can do if they are self-isolating,