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Students with Covid-19 symptoms (FOI)

Students with Covid-19 symptoms (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 03 November 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



How many pupils have been sent home from Jersey government-run schools for displaying Covid-19 symptoms since 3 September?


How many pupils have been sent home from Jersey government-run schools in total for Covid-19 related reasons, eg for being close contacts, since 3 September?


How many children aged 16 and under in Jersey have been tested for coronavirus since 3 September, not including at the borders? How many have tested positive?

Are Jersey children on a priority list for testing? In the UK, they've talked about prioritising schoolchildren and their parents after hospitals and care homes.



We are unable to answer this question. Pupils who are unwell at school will be sent home for a number of reasons. School staff are not medical experts therefore they cannot determine if a child’s illness is Covid-19 related. If parents / carers feel that a child’s symptoms are Covid-19 related, they are advised to call the Coronavirus Helpline to seek expert medical advice.


Since 3 September, 109 pupils have been sent home from Government of Jersey schools for Covid-19 related reasons.


From 3rd September to 31 October 2020, 828 people aged 16 and under were swabbed, with a total of 1087 tests. This excludes those marked as inbound travel (note that it is only under the age of 11 that are not swabbed at the border).

Of these, 8 positive cases were identified.

The government are prioritising children in a number of its testing programmes. In summary, children are tested in the following ways:

  • the Government Safer Travel Policy tests children over the age of 11. Those children who travel and are unaccompanied will be tested with parental consent.

  • children who are Direct Contacts of a confirmed positive case will be offered PCR tests and will be tested with parental consent. Their parents will have been called by the Contact Tracing Team.

  • children who are symptomatic seeking health care will be offered a PCR test subject to parental consent.

  • children admitted to hospital will be offered a PCR test subject to parental consent.

Any update to this guidance will be published at the following link:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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