Schools, education and childcare COVID-19 safety in schools

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

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