Actions the Public Health Service will take in case of an infection in schools (Gob Canarias 7.3.2020)
The Public Health Service of the Autonomous Community will contact the educational center to report the confirmed case for COVID-19, investigate the case and identify contacts and recommend precautions and actions to be carried out.
The Public Health Services, will carry out a risk assessment and determine the specific actions. In general, it will not be necessary to close schools and educational centres where confirmed cases are identified for COVID-19, although the situation will be assessed individually.
Public Health services will assess each contact individually to determine the degree of exposure and risk and will be given specific indications.
In general, close contacts may continue to go to the educational centre and will be actively monitored as established in each Autonomous Community during the 14 days after the last exposure with the case confirmed.
As a general rule, close contacts should have their temperature taken by parents, before going to school.
Close contacts are considered:
In nursery schools (up to 6 years old):
– All children and classroom staff. The health authorities will carry out a risk assessment in the nursery or nursery school to assess the duration and closeness of contact with the case, which guides the decision-making process to prevent new cases.
– If several classrooms of the same centre had activities in common, it will be taken into account. In general contact on a bus, playtime or activities limited in time, will not be considered as close contacts. However the Public Health authorities will assess each case.
- If another case appears in another classroom, it will be considered as close contacts to all children and nursery or preschool staff.
In primary, secondary and university education centres:
– If a confirmed case of COVID-19 appears in the centre, close contacts will be considered for colleagues who have frequent and continued contact with the patient, such as school, play, table, and dining room mates and at most all classmates who share the same classroom.
– If two cases appear in the same centre, all students in the classrooms where the cases and their teachers come from will be considered close contacts .
– If three or more cases appear within one month, in at least two classrooms, all students and staff of the centre will be considered as close contacts .
– Public Health authorities will also assess the contacts that have taken place as a result of social, recreational and sports activities.
Casual contacts are considered to the rest of the students, teachers or professionals of the educational centre that do not meet the criteria of close contact.
The management of the centre will inform all parents, teachers and professionals of the educational centre of the existence of the confirmed case. Casual contacts will perform a self-monitoring of their state of health (passive surveillance) during the 14 days after the date of the last exposure with the confirmed case in which they will be alert to any symptoms (fever, malaise, cough …). In case of presenting symptoms compatible with COVID-19, it would be considered a case under investigation.”
(Gob Canarias 7.3.2020)