Medical matters, school management of COVID cases

General precautions against COVID-19

Every pupil and staff member in School will have their temperature checked each day. All visitors on to the school site will be required to go through the temperature scanner before going about their business on site. This will be done through the temperature scanner outside Piccadilly Café and through hand-held scanners employed by Matrons and Medical Centre staff. Boarders’ temperatures will be scanned and checked by Matrons and all day pupils should, on arrival at School, go through the Piccadilly entrance to have their temperature scanned, except QMH pupils who will all be checked in QMH. This area will be staffed each morning in order to pick up on any elevated temperatures. Anyone who triggers the sensor should phone the Medical Centre (ext 769; 01428 686 711) to seek advice if a nurse is not present.

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The School is well resourced and equipped to handle a case of COVID-19: the Medical Centre is manned 24/7 in term time and the staff will be wearing PPE at all times when seeing patients. There is an area of the Medical Centre that can be reserved for those who contract the virus.

Guidance in the case of anyone contracting COVID-19

Guidance in the case of Advice from government bodies is that pupils, staff, and other adults do not come into School if they have coronavirus or have tested positive within the previous 10 days. Any day pupil developing symptoms of a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change to, their normal sense of taste or smell, will be sent home and advised to stay at home in
accord with the government guidance document. They should self-isolate for 10 days and should arrange to have a COVID-19 diagnostic test. Any day pupil who tests positive should self-isolate for 10 days. If they 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 siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Boarding arrangements

On arrival, boarders will receive a briefing about what to do if they feel unwell. If a boarder shows symptoms of coronavirus, they should initially go immediately to their room and then phone the Medical Centre to explain their symptoms. Medical Centre staff will discuss the most appropriate procedure with the House Matron, including any arrangements for testing. They should avoid visiting anywhere else in House until given permission by Medical Centre staff. In most cases, the School expects parents or guardians to take care of any pupil who contracts an infectious disease. The paragraphs below therefore only apply in cases where this is not possible.

According to government guidance, “In the majority of cases, young people do not suffer the worst symptoms of COVID-19 and many are almost entirely asymptomatic.” However, in all cases when a boarder tests positive for COVID-19 (whether symptomatic or not) or when a boarder develops symptoms, they will be looked after in a separate, set-aside area of the School. This will allow the normal school activities of academic and co-curricular learning to continue as normal in the rest of the School. Affected pupils will be under the supervision of nursing staff 24/7 for the duration of their illness. Special arrangements will be made for the provision of meals in these Houses.

In more serious cases, Medical Centre staff will decide whether a patient should be transported to hospital or should be cared for in School and actions will be taken accordingly. This will allow the normal school business of academic learning and the co-curriculum to continue as normal in the rest of the School.

In any case of COVID-19, whether symptomatic or not, it is likely that pupils in the same House grouping will need to self-isolate according to guidelines as quoted above. In the first instance, this isolation will happen within the pupils’ own House.

The School has received home testing kits for COVID-19 from the government and will use these in urgent cases when individuals become symptomatic of COVID-19, at the discretion of the Medical Centre Manager.

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