Managing a case of coronavirus symptoms

What happens if my child, or someone in my household, has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms?

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days. Anyone developing those symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

A child awaiting collection will be brought to the garden room to be supervised until a parent collects them. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive (see managing a confirmed case of coronavirus) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell. The area around the person with symptoms must be cleaned with normal household bleach after they have left to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.