One of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to stay at home when we are unwell, even when we have the mildest of symptoms.
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What you need to know
1. If a child is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they are strongly recommended to stay at home
If a child becomes unwell during the day, they should be collected from early childhood education and care (ECEC)/school as soon as possible.
2. If your child has any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) below, however mild, they should get tested for COVID-19:
- chills or sweats
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
- loss of sense of smell or taste.
Some people may also have headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. For more health advice:
3. Your child can be tested with a rapid antigen test at home, or a PCR test. They are strongly recommended to stay at home until they receive a negative result and their symptoms have resolved.
4. If your child has a negative COVID-19 test and their symptoms have resolved, they can return to ECEC or school.
You don’t need written medical clearance from COVID-19.
5. If your child has a positive COVID-19 test, they are strongly recommended to stay at home:
- Tell the by online form or COVID-19 Hotline 1800 675 398.
- Tell your ECEC or school (including other children at home who are ).
6. If your child tests negative to COVID-19 but lives in a household with a positive COVID-19 case, follow the advice for COVID contacts for your child.
Follow the advice for COVID contacts
It is recommended your child is tested for at least 7 days following your last contact with the person who has COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test or a PCR test.
It is recommended your child remain home if they are unwell or have symptoms.
- All families can plan and at home.
- You can find information about COVID-19 in .
- If your child has been required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 while studying VCE Unit 3-4 sequences, please see
This advice has been prepared by the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health.
Reviewed 26 October 2022