Year group sent home from school in Frampton Cotterell after pupil tests positive for COVID-19

October 02 2020
Year group sent home from school in Frampton Cotterell after pupil tests positive for COVID-19

PUPILS in a year group 'bubble' at a Frampton Cotterell primary school have been sent home after a child tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents of the 60 children in Year 5 at Watermore Primary School have been told the youngsters must be kept at home and isolate for two weeks, "as a precautionary measure as they are deemed to have been in close contact with the confirmed case".

Other pupils at the school in Lower Stone Close can continue to attend, and family members of Year 5 pupils do not have to self-isolate unless their child starts to show coronavirus symptoms.

Like other schools, children at Watermore have been separated into year group 'bubbles' - pupils in each year group can mix among themselves but not with those in other year groups.

Co-head teacher Christopher Hotchin confirmed the news and said: “I would like to thank parents, carers and children for their support and understanding in this challenging and disruptive time.”

South Gloucestershire Council said the move was made following advice from Public Health England and the school’s own risk assessment.

Extra cleaning is now being carried out.

The council said children who were self-isolating only needed to be tested if they developed symptoms of COVID-19.

 

The positive test was confirmed on Tuesday, and Year 5 pupils who do not develop symptoms will be able to return to school on October 14, the council said.

 

A spokesperson said: "The council is supporting the school and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

"We would like to reassure the school community 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."

Council director of public health Sara Blackmore said: "The child is asymptomatic and thankfully not feeling unwell.

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 3 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.”