What happens if a pupil is showing symptoms or there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school
If anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day
- They will be taken to a designated room
- Staff will wear PPE equipment if necessary to provide support
- Parents/next of kin will be contacted and the person will be expected to be collected from school immediately and will be advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’. They must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the person showing symptoms first had symptoms.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school
- Schools will contact the local health protection team
- The health protection team will carry out a risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate
- Schools will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person
- These individuals should self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with the infected person
- A letter will be sent to parents by the school to explain the situation if needed
- If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’.
- They should also get a test and follow the advice given with regards to isolation of themselves and their household.
Children with symptoms
If your child has coronavirus symptoms, please follow the latest NHS advice.