More than 160 children sent home from two schools after COVID-19 cases confirmed
MORE than 160 children at two primary schools in Yate and Chipping Sodbury have been told to self-isolate after confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A total of 133 children at St Mary's CE Primary School in Church Road, Yate (above left), were told to stay at home and isolate after a member of staff tested positive for the virus.
The children are in the school's reception, year 1 and year 2 groups.
A statement issued on behalf of executive head teacher Andy Spens and head of school Beth Scriven said: “We have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 for one of our staff and, following advice from Public Health England and the school’s own risk assessment, two bubbles comprising 133 children 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.
“We would like to thank all parents/carers and children for their support and understanding in this unsettling time, when everyone’s safety and well-being is our top priority.”
Another 29 year 5 pupils and five members of staff at Raysfield Primary School in Chipping Sodbury (above right) have also been told to self-isolate after a pupil was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Head teacher Claire Hill said: “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, 29 children and five members of staff have been identified as close contacts and have been told to self-isolate as a precaution.
“The parents/carers of these pupils in have been informed that their child must be kept home and self-isolate 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.”
The Raysfield pupils advised to self-isolate can return to school from Monday, October 12 if they do not develop symptoms, while the St Mary's Primary pupils can return a week later, on October 19.
Self-isolating pupils do not need to be tested if they do not develop symptoms, and other members of their family do not have to self-isolate.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said the situation at the schools was being monitored closely, adding: "We would like to reassure the school communities that 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.”
Director of public health Sara Blackmore thanked the schools for their "prompt and effective actions" and for working closely with the council and Public Health England.
She said good infection control procedures were place which will have helped minimise any potential spread but reminded everyone they had a continuing responsibility to do keep their distance from others, wear a face covering in shops, indoor venues and on public transport, and to wash hands with soap and water, often and for at least 20 seconds.