My four-year-old son got hypothermia after school made him isolate in a SHED and eat outside because he had a cold

A MUM said that her son caught hypothermia after his school made him isolate in a SHED and eat outside because he had a cold.

Chloe Wilby said her son Mason, six, was kept away from other pupils and teachers in an "outdoor shed" after she sent him to school with a mild cold.

She claims that after visiting Centre Parcs, she and her son had developed a mild cold – and Mason had a little cough and a snotty nose.

But Wigton Infant School put the schoolkid in isolation due to their Covid protocol.

The mum came to collect Mason after getting a call from the school – but she was horrified to see that her son was sitting in an "outdoor shed."

She said her son was "shivering like mad" and she later had to call an ambulance because he had hypothermia.

It was confirmed that the room had no heating.

Chloe told the News and Star: "He couldn’t talk, shivering like mad, hands red raw, I had to stick them up my top to warm up, eyes watering like mad, snotty nose down his face.

"They even made him eat his lunch outside, no toys, no games, nothing.”

Following a visit to a doctor, she was told to call an ambulance – as her six-year-old had developed hypothermia.

In response, Geoff Norman, headteacher at Wigton Infant School, said: “The priority for everyone in Wigton Infant School has always been the wellbeing of the children, which now more than ever includes reducing the chance of infection across the school and caring for children who are ill at school. 

“This includes moving children who display Covid-19 symptoms to a separate space with a member of staff until they can be picked up by a parent or carer.

"For several months we have been using our outdoor classroom for this purpose and this has worked well.


“Following the concerns recently expressed about the suitability of this space we have reviewed our approach.

“For children who require isolation in school due to Covid-19 symptoms we will now use a room adjacent to the school office. As currently, pupils will always have a member of staff with them.”

A spokesperson from Cumbria Police said: “Police were contacted by email on November 23 with a report of concern for the welfare of an infant school child at a school in the Wigton area.

“Following an investigation, no crimes were found to have been committed. A safeguarding review was also conducted. The matter has since been referred to Cumbria County Council.”

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