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Updated on 14 September 2021 9:05am

Updates: When to self isolate and what to do

When to self-isolate and what to do

What is self-isolation?

 Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

It's a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.


When to self-isolate

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste


You should also self-isolate straight away if:

You may need to quarantine when you arrive in England from abroad. Check the quarantine rules when entering England on GOV.UK.


When you do not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • You're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons


Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:


Tell people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms

Tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have COVID-19.

You should tell them to follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

They do not need to self-isolate unless they're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

If they get any symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible.


How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating:

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one


How long to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.

Read more about how long to self-isolate.


Help and support while you're staying at home

While you're self-isolating:

  • You can get help with everyday tasks, like collecting shopping or medicines, from an NHS volunteer
  • You might be able to get sick pay or other types of financial support if you're not able to work

Find out about help and financial support while you're self-isolating


Twice-weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home for Students

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme, it is vital for pupils to keep testing at home, twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays every week (3-4 days apart). 

 If you would like a testing kit for your child, please send us a text message via our MyEd app or contact the School Office on 0121 783 7807.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Reporting results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace and school straight away, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country. It’s easy to do at:

Results can also be reported to NHS Test & Trace via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

If the result of the test is void, pupils will need to do another test. 


Regular Rapid Lateral Flow Tests for Parents/Carers & Families

You can get regular rapid lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.


Who can get regular rapid tests

Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. To get a PCR test, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.


How to get regular rapid tests


Reporting results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace on www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/. 


Pupils are expected to attend school in full uniform, including Hodge Hill College tie, blazer and black shoes.

A polite reminder to parents/carers of our expectations of PE kit, no hoodies are allowed to be worn in school and jogging bottoms should be plain navy. We have introduced an additional item for next year, an optional branded sweatshirt or fleece; full details of the school PE kit can be found on our website: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/Uniform/.

Remote Learning

We are providing remote learning for pupils who are self-isolating. All lessons and learning take place on Class Charts and pupils should follow their normal school timetable. Resources include recorded video lessons and you will be contacted regularly about your child’s engagement and progress. We are providing weekly assemblies, form time activities and enrichment through the platform. For more information:

Remote Learning

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Free School Meals

We encourage you to apply for Free School Meals through the online service found on our website: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/FSM/. You can also telephone or come into school and complete a Free School Meals application online with a member of staff if you prefer. Please make sure you have the National Insurance Number with you for the named person who receives either working tax credit/child tax credit and we will be happy to help.


COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy

The Government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been created to soften the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus. The grant will only be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.  Below is a summary of the focus areas for Hodge Hill College: 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy