Confirmed COVID-19 case at Yate school
MORE than 100 children and staff at a school in Yate have been told to self-isolate for two weeks after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Parents at Culverhill School in Kelston Close were told on Monday that a pupil had reported coronavirus symptoms and all children in the school's year 7 to 9 'bubble' had to stay at home as a precaution from yesterday.
Today a test result confirmed that the pupil had COVID-19, and the 71 children and 31 members of staff in the bubble have been told to self-isolate at home until September 25.
Other children in the bubble are being urged to book a test if they develop symptoms. If they do not develop symptoms they can return to school on September 28 and other members of their households will not have to self-isolate.
Culverhill head teacher Sue Hewitt and Andrew Buckton, chief executive of the Enable Trust, which runs the school, issued a joint statement.
They said: “We have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 for one of our pupils. First and foremost, we are all thinking of them and hope they make a full recovery.
"As a result of this case and following advice from Public Health England and the school’s own risk assessment, one ‘bubble’ comprising 71 children and 31 members of staff have been told to self-isolate for 14 days.
“The parents/carers of these pupils have been informed that their child must be kept home and to isolate for two weeks as a precautionary measure, as they are deemed to have been in close contact with the confirmed case. Those pupils who have been asked to self-isolate will be supported during this time with appropriate home learning.
“I would like to thank all our pupils, their families and our staff for their support and understanding in this challenging and disruptive time.”
South Gloucestershire Council says all guidance is being followed and pupils in other classes should continue to attend school, unless they have symptoms of coronavirus, in which case parents and carers should organise for their child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119.
Council director of public health Sara Blackmore said: "I’d like to thank the school for their prompt and effective actions and for working closely with the council and Public Health England.
"The school had good infection control procedures in place, which will have helped minimise any potential spread, but this should be a reminder to all that COVID-19 has not gone away and it is everyone’s responsibility to do the right thing: keep your distance from others, wear a face covering, unless you are exempt, in all shops, indoor venues and on public transport, and wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds.
“Please only take a test if you have one of the three most common symptoms of COVID-19: a new continuous cough, loss of smell or taste or a high temperature. Those who do not have one of these symptoms should not be coming forward for a test because they could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it.”
Culverhill School is a special school, with places for 126 children aged seven to 16.