Guidance for education and childcare settings

If you have concerns regarding a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 (staff or children) you need to inform us.

If there are 2 or more possible or confirmed cases this needs to be reported as an outbreak.

You must then follow these steps:

  • any suspected case needs to arrange to have a test done as soon as possible
  • contact parents or carers of the children affected to arrange for them to be collected 
  • whilst the child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated, ideally with a window for ventilation
  • if they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible
  • implement infection prevention & control precautions, such as good hand hygiene, catch it, bin it, kill it and distribution of PPE if needed 
  • all surfaces that the symptomatic person has come into contact with must be cleaned and disinfected
  • all waste from possible cases and cleaning of areas where possible cases have been should be double bagged and stored safely away from children - you should not put your waste in communal waste areas until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours
  • children and staff with symptoms should be sent home and self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and follow current national guidance
  • maintain and update any outbreak chart that may be in place, recording affected children and staff
  • nominate a named staff member to co-ordinate and communicate outbreak information

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