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Mother hits out after boy, 4, was put in freezing cold school ‘isolation shed’

Mother hits out after her four-year-old son was put in freezing cold school Covid ‘isolation shed’ because he had a runny nose

  • Chloé Wilby says her son Mason, four, was placed in a ‘shed’ in a Cumbria school
  • Wigton Infant School put him in isolation as he displayed some Covid symptoms
  • Miss Wilby says Mason developed hypothermia and was ‘shivering like mad’ 


A mother claims her four-year-old son developed hypothermia after his school put him in isolation in what she described as an ‘outdoor shed’.

Chloé Wilby said Mason was kept away from other pupils and teachers after she sent him to school with a mild cold.

Following their Covid protocols, the school put him in isolation until he could be picked up as he was displaying symptoms of the virus.

Chloé Wilby claims her four-year-old son Mason developed hypothermia after his school put him in isolation in what she described as an ‘outdoor shed’

Wigton Infant School in Cumbria (pictured) put the four-year-old in isolation after he displayed some Covid symptoms

Wigton Infant School in Cumbria (pictured) put the four-year-old in isolation after he displayed some Covid symptoms

Miss Wilby said when she arrived Mason couldn’t speak and was ‘shivering like mad’. 

She told the News & Star that his hands were ‘red raw’, adding: ‘I had to stick them up my top to warm up. His eyes were watering, snot down his face.

‘They made him eat his lunch outside.’

Miss Wilby said she was told to call an ambulance after taking Mason to a doctor because he had ‘developed hypothermia’.

Geoff Norman, headmaster at Wigton Infant School, Cumbria, said: ‘The priority for everyone in Wigton Infant School has always been the wellbeing of the children.

Miss Wilby (fourth from right) said when she arrived at the school Mason couldn't speak and was 'shivering like mad'

Miss Wilby (fourth from right) said when she arrived at the school Mason couldn’t speak and was ‘shivering like mad’

Following their Covid protocols, the school put Mason in isolation until he could be picked up as he was displaying symptoms of the virus

Following their Covid protocols, the school put Mason in isolation until he could be picked up as he was displaying symptoms of the virus

‘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 we have reviewed our approach.’

Cumbria Police said no crimes were found to have been committed, adding: ‘The matter has been referred to Cumbria County Council.’

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