Year group sent home at Bristol Brunel Academy after COVID-19 case confirmed

September 17 2020
Year group sent home at Bristol Brunel Academy after COVID-19 case confirmed

CHILDREN in a year group at Bristol Brunel Academy have been told to self-isolate at home for two weeks, after a case of COVID-19 was confirmed.

Like other schools across the country, the secondary school in Speedwell Road has separated pupils into 'bubbles' to allow lessons to go ahead while minimising contact across the school.

Bristol City Council announced today that there had been a confirmed coronavirus case at the school and that Year 8 pupils had been told to self-isolate.

Bristol Brunel Academy is one of four schools to report COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The others are Elmfield School for Deaf Children in Southmead, Compass Point Primary School in Bedminster and independent Clifton College.

The council says the schools are closely following Public Health England guidance and have asked pupils and teaching staff who have come into close contact with an infected pupil to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

If they do not develop symptoms they can return to school after two weeks: other members of their households will not have to self-isolate unless the child develops symptoms.

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

City Council director of public health Christina Gray said: “Please be reassured that while this is disruptive for children at the affected schools, the number of cases is still a very small number compared to the thousands of children attending schools across the city.

"Well done to parents and teachers for acting swiftly, as this helps stop the virus spreading to other children.

NHS Test and Trace continues to operate in the South West but there are currently significant demands on the system.

"If anyone is struggling to make an appointment and thinks they or their child has Covid-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and continue to try and book an appointment for a test. The symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and/or a loss of taste or smell.

This week new rules came into place reducing the number of people that can meet inside and outside their home to groups of six.

"Most cases that have been confirmed in schools will be from children who have mixed with friends and family that they don’t live with.

"Therefore it’s really important we follow this new guidance, and also remember to regularly wash hands, cover our faces when needed, and stay 2m away from others.”