- 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.
OUTBREAK MANAGEMENT PLAN
From 1 April, the Government removed the health and safety requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments. The Government ‘Working Safely’ guidance has now been replaced by new public health guidance. Schools should continue to consider the needs of employees at greater risk from COVID-19, including those whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
The Government’s aim is for COVID-19 to be managed like any other respiratory illness.
For the Government's Living with Covid Plan, please see here:
For NHS information on COVID, please see here:
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