1. If a child is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they must stay at home
If a child becomes unwell during the day, they must be collected from school/early childhood education and care (ECEC) as soon as possible.
2. If a child has any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) outlined below, however mild, they should get tested and they must remain at home until they receive their results*:
In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered symptoms.
For further advice:
3. Once a child has had a confirmed negative COVID-19 test and their symptoms have resolved, they can return to ECEC/school. A medical certificate is not required, however may be helpful in following circumstances:
For information on the minimum periods students and children need to stay at home for other conditions, refer to the DH school exclusion table.
4. If a child has tested positive for COVID-19, has been identified as a close contact, or has otherwise been advised to self-quarantine, e.g. they have visited a public exposure site, they must isolate/quarantine until they receive written medical clearance from the Department of Health (DH).
This advice has been prepared by the Department of Education and Training, Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health
* Please send a copy of your child's COVID-19 test result to email@example.com
** Please also see our LPS Forms Page for Rhinitis (Hay Fever) and other Medical Forms