If an individual (student, tutor, or staff member) becomes unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 while at the Academy, then that person should go home and be advised to follow NHS guidance. The NHS advises that the individual book a test to see if they have Covid-19 as soon as possible.
Ideally, the decision to send a student home should be made jointly by the tutor/s and an Academy staff member; however, if a staff member isn’t available, the tutor/s should ask the student to go home and let a member of staff know as soon as practically possible.
If the person with symptoms of Covid-19 requires direct personal care until they can go home, a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn. These items will be available in all first aid boxes. Please ask a technician or staff member to show you where your nearest first aid box is if you’re unsure.
If the person with symptoms of Covid-19 is awaiting collection they should be moved, if possible, to a private, clean area where they can be isolated behind a closed door. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. PPE should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 m cannot be maintained.
Reserved areas as follows:
- Mermaid Court: daytime – typically Studio 4, however please check the TV screen in the entrance or ask a member of staff
- Mermaid Court: evening – the barn
- Newington: daytime – please check with a member of staff
If the person with symptoms of Covid-19 needs to go to the bathroom before leaving, they should use a separate bathroom, if possible. If there is not an Academy staff member available to assist, please let the Operations Coordinator know as soon as practically possible which bathroom has been used as they will need to organise for it to be cleaned and disinfected.
In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
If an individual has helped someone with symptoms of Covid-19, the NHS advises that they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the individual subsequently tests positive. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.