Year group self-isolating after COVID-19 case confirmed at junior school

October 13 2020
Year group self-isolating after COVID-19 case confirmed at junior school

CHILDREN in a year group at a Fishponds junior school have been told to stay at home and self-isolate after a positive case of COVID-19.

Pupils in Year 3 at Chester Park Junior School in Abingdon Road need to stay at home for the remainder lessons up to the half-term holiday.

The school has not confirmed whether the confirmed case was a pupil or member of staff.

Parents of the 84 pupils in the Year 3 'bubble' were informed by letter that their child needs to self-isolate.

A letter has also been sent to all parents informing them of the case and advising that children in other years should continue to attend school while they remain well.

Chester Park Federation head teacher Mike McNama said: "Chester Park Junior School have had a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 from a member of the school community.

"As a result of this, the Year 3 Bubble has closed. The Year 3 Bubble will remain closed until Friday October 23.

"Parents and carers have been informed of this, as has the wider school community.

"There are 84 pupils in Year 3 and these pupils are expected to return to school on November 2, following the half term break.

"While the children are self-isolating they will be following work set by the school and accessing online learning."

Mr McNama said children and parents had responded well to the school's arrangements for distancing since the start of term.

The letter to parents assured them that the school was continuing to monitor the situation and working closely with Public Health England, adding: "The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well."

Children who are self-isolating after close contact with a person who tests positive for coronavirus can return to school after two weeks if they do not develop symptoms: other members of their households will not have to self-isolate unless the child develops symptoms.

Other children in the bubble need to book a test only if they develop one of the three most common COVID-19 symptoms: a new continuous cough, loss of smell or taste or a high temperature.

Tests can be booked by calling 119 or via the NHS website.