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What to do if you or someone in the education setting develops symptoms

If anyone develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild;   

  a new continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual

  a high temperature - this means the child feels hot to touch on your chest or back (parents do not need to measure temperature if they have not got a thermometer). The measured temperature for a fever is 37.8 degrees

a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste - this means you've noticed you cannot taste anything, or things taste different to normal

a loss of or change in smell - this means you've noticed you cannot smell anything, or things smell different to normal


They must be sent home as soon as possible


Actions required by education setting 

  • Contact parent / carer and make arrangements for them to collect their child
  • Whilst waiting for collection, where possible move the child to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door. This is dependent on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required
  • Where possible open a window for ventilation
  • If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people
  • If the child needs direct personal care until they can return home, or if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult.
  • If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected before it is used by anyone else (See Red Spotty Book)
  • PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection ONLY if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs)
  • If a 2 metre distance cannot be maintained then the following PPE should be worn by the supervising staff member:
    • Disposable gloves
    • Disposable plastic apron
    • Fluid-resistant surgical face mask
    • Eye protection (goggles, visor) should be worn ONLY if a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of fluids entering the eye from, for example, coughing, spitting or vomiting
  • The education setting should record and keep the details of the incident in case it is needed for future case or outbreak management (see suggested template Appendix 1) - You do not need to send this into the Walsal health protection hub 

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If your setting has 2 or more individuals (pupils or staff) with coronavirus symptoms who are linked e.g. same bubble, class, travel to setting together please inform Walsall health protection hub

Tel: 01922 658065


Email: walsall.healthprotection@nhs.net 


Page updated 30/12/2020