Children should not attend school if:

  • They are unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell.
  • They have had a positive test result themselves.
  • They have been instructed to do so by Test and Trace.
Berkswell Primary School COVID 19 Information

In these circumstances parents must follow government advice on Test and Trace, and self-isolating.  Parents must keep school informed of the results of any testing.

If you are unsure if your child should attend school please contact the school who will offer advice and guidance or signpost you to the relevant service.

Please note where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.

School Nursing Team

Please view the below file links for advice from the Parenting Team of Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

What to do if a child is displaying symptoms

To Book A Test

Stay At Home Guidance

To find the most up to date government guidance

For further Coronavirus information


Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team at the Specialist Inclusion Support Service Newsletters

During the current lockdown situation, the online parenting courses remain available to Solihull residents free of charge.

An daily active resource is also available linked to the A-Z of School Games. This is linked to the national initiative #StayInWorkOut #StayHomeGetActive.

It is important if your child is isolating they have the opportunity to exercise and stay active, benefiting them not only physically but also mentally.

From September the DFE guidance states that all children should be attending school.

‘The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. We know that school is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.’


It is therefore essential for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing, and wider development.

COVID Risk Assessment

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline – this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.