What to do if a pupil feels unwell

A supply staff guide for when a pupil is unwell.

If a pupil reports feeling unwell, you will need to take all necessary precautions to manage the person who becomes unwell, in addition to protecting yourself and other members of the class. This means, if any pupil reports feeling unwell to you, they need to be immediately be sent home and advised they should stay at home for 10 days and be tested for Covid-19. In the event that they need to be picked up by a parent, you must isolate the pupil straight away from others in a room with a closed door and open the windows. If the pupil needs supervising and social distancing is not possible, then you will need to wear appropriate PPE, which will then need to be disposed.

If the pupil needs to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use separate facilities if possible, which will then need to be cleaned and disinfected. Appropriate staff will need to be informed for further management and for thorough cleansing of the area to be initiated.

Link to safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.

Your own personal protective equipment and safety kit could include:

  • hand sanitiser
  • masks
  • a visor
  • disposable tissues
  • anti-bacterial wipes
  • disposable gloves.