You can visit the government website if you wish to refer to the latest national guidance regarding education and childcare for school staff, parents, carers and students.
Returning to schools and education settings from March 2021 SHOW
Last updated: 13 May 2021
Testing to support the return of schools
To help keep schools and the wider communities safe, the council is encouraging residents and workers in Southampton who have sustained contact with children and young people, to participate in twice-weekly testing to support the safe return of children and young people to schools and colleges, and to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
From Saturday 6 March households, childcare and support bubbles with children, young people or teaching and support staff attending early years, schools or college, can access lateral flow tests through the council’s symptom-free testing sites. A link to the booking system is available from the council’s website, with details on the locations and times of operation for each site. Testing will be available 7 days a week and slots must be booked in advance.
Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of school staff and pupils can also collect home test kits from DHSC run testing sites to self-test and record at home, and order lateral flow device home test kits online, though online ordering should only be used by those that cannot get a test through the other methods.
Because not enough is known about how well the vaccines reduce transmission of infection from one person to another, those who have already been vaccinated should still engage in symptom-free testing.
COVID-19 cases in Southampton early years settings, schools and colleges SHOW
Last updated: 20 July 2021
In the table below, you can find the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across all educational settings in Southampton. 'Educational settings' include early years settings (for example, nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and sixth forms.
Note that the weekly figure refers to the number of individual children, pupils and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.
All educational settings across Southampton continue to take preventative measures to keep their communities safe. Where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19, staff have taken swift action, supported by the council and Public Health England, to curb the spread of infection and limit disruption to vital learning.
|Week||Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in educational settings|
|12 - 18 July 2021||201|
|5 - 11 July 2021||96|
|28 June – 4 July 2021||115|
|21 - 27 June 2021||57|
|14 - 20 June 2021||51|
|7 - 13 June 2021||1|
|31 May - 6 June 2021||3|
|24 - 30 May 2021||4|
|17 - 23 May 2021||7|
|10 - 16 May 2021||9|
|3 - 9 May 2021||17|
|26 April - 2 May 2021||7|
|19 - 25 April 2021||5|
|5 - 11 April 2021||5|
|29 March - 4 April 2021||28|
|22 - 28 March 2021||31|
|15 - 21 March 2021||47|
|8 - 14 March 2021||35|
|1 - 7 March 2021||9|
|22 - 28 February 2021||10|
|15 - 21 February 2021||19|
|8 - 14 February 2021||23|
|1 - 7 February 2021||40|
|25 - 31 January 2021||48|
|18 - 24 January 2021||57|
|11 - 17 January 2021||55|
|21 December 2020 - 10 January 2021||148|
|14 - 20 December 2020||38|
|7 - 13 December 2020||40|
|30 November - 6 December 2020||29|
|23 - 29 November 2020||32|
|16 - 22 November 2020||70|
|9 - 15 November 2020||71|
|2 - 8 November 2020||66|
COVID Local Support Scheme SHOW
The Government has extended its Winter Support fund and renamed it the COVID Local Support Grant. It is designed to directly help families and individuals who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the majority set aside to ensure that the city’s children do not go hungry.
Families who currently qualify for free school meals will be provided with this support through their child's early years setting, school or college.
Find out more about the Local Support Food Voucher Scheme.
Does my child need a coronavirus test and should they stay off school? SHOW
Last updated: 24 September 2020
When should children get tested for coronavirus?
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19) but the majority of children have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever and cough.
If your child has ANY of the coronavirus symptoms below, please book them a test via the NHS website and do not send them into school.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature, OR
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, OR
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What about other colds and other symptoms?
Parents only need to get a test for their child if the child has ANY of the coronavirus symptoms or has been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.
If your child DOES NOT have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose or sneezing, they do not need to be tested and they or members of your household do not need to self-isolate. Your child can attend school if fit to do so.
If you need more advice
Parents should get advice from NHS 111 if they are worried about their child or not sure what to do.
- For children aged 5 or over – use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
- For children under 5 – call 111