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Infection prevention and control information and guidance for schools and childcare settings

Updated guidance on managing Covid-19 in line with other acute respiratory illnesses from 1st April has been released and we will continue to update our schools net page with the summary of current policy, useful documents and FAQs. 

Prevention

  • Settings should continue to have an Outbreak Management Plan which sets out how the setting will respond in different scenarios, including business continuity planning and implementation of additional control measures in response to an outbreak.
  • Please continue to implement standard measures to reduce the risk of infections circulating in settings including hygiene practices, ventilation, cleaning and promoting the Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
  • The South West UKHSA are continuing to run their webinars which will cover the breadth of preventing infection, what to do to control spread and an update on circulating illnesses.  Please book using this new link Health Protection in Early Years and Educational Settings Registration, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite.
  • We highly recommend using the e-Bug resources and lesson plans to help teach 3-16 year olds about microbes, infection, prevention and control, antibiotics and vaccination, all aligned to the National Curriculum!  There is more information on the GHLL website (https://www.ghll.org.uk/partnership-projects/e-bug/).  Free training is being offered to early years and primary settings until July 2022, more detail is available here.

 

Control

 

  • Please find the full Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities guidance here.
  • From 1st April, children and young people and staff who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they feel well enough.  Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.
  • If you suspect or are notified of a case(s) of an unusual or serious illness in your setting please refer to this table to advise on whether to notify the South West Health Protection Team.
  • You may also consider seeking specialist advice from the South West Health Protection Team if you are concerned and have seen:

-          a higher than previously experienced and/or rapidly increasing number of staff or student absences due to acute respiratory infection or diarrhoea and vomiting, e.g. if there is a doubling of absences across the setting or in a year group in a short space of time.

-          evidence of severe disease due to an infection, for example if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital for an overnight stay or longer.

-          more than one infection circulating in the same group of students and staff for example chicken pox and scarlet fever.

  • The contacts for the South West Health Protection Team are 0300 303 8162 (option 1, then option 1) or swhpt@phe.gov.uk

 

Guidance for mainstream and SEND settings has now been aligned but pupil vulnerabilities will be taken into consideration as part of the UKHSA risk assessment.

Page updated: 01/04/2022 Page updated by: Sarah Poultney

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