William Martin School parent has “suspected case of coronavirus”

Covid-19 / Mon 2nd Mar 2020 pm31 03:04pm

WILLAM Martin Church of England School has informed parents of a second suspected case of coronavirus in relation to their school.

Executive headteacher Gina Bailey has written to parents and guardians on Monday lunchtime outlining the circumstances and how it relates to the Tawneys Road school.

The letter states: “We have just been informed that we have a parent within our school community who has a suspected case of COVID-19.

“They have been tested and we should receive the results in the next 24 hours. This case is not related to our member of staff who had visited a category 1 area of Italy.

The Head then goes on to detail government advice which advises that “there is no need to close the setting”.

Current government advice is:

What to do if a case of COVID-19 is suspected in your childcare or education setting

If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited. There is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home.

Despite this current government advice, we understand that parents may wish to collect their children as an extra precautionary measure until we receive the test results. We will keep you fully informed. If the test result is positive, we will be following the advice below:

What to do if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in your childcare or education setting

If there is a confirmed case, a risk assessment will be undertaken by the educational establishment with advice from the local Health Protection Team.

In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary but this will be a local decision based on various factors such as establishment size and pupil mixing.

The executive head ends her letter by saying: “Our prayers are with the family and we hope that they make a full and swift recovery.

“We will be in contact with the family and will send further communication out this afternoon with any updates. We thank you in advance for your cooperation”.

Last week, the school closed for a day for a deep clean after a member of staff informed the cschool that they had been to an area of northern Italy identified as a “hotspot” for Covid-19.

Executive Headteacher, Gina Bailey has issued the following statement:

“We have been informed that an individual who is currently being treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital is a parent of one of our pupils.

“We have spoken to the family and there is not currently a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus. “This case is not related to our member of staff who had recently visited a high-risk area of Italy.

“We have sought guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Education. Risk assessments will be conducted by these authorities and we will follow the advice provided to us.

“We will stay open until instructed otherwise, but the safeguarding of the children is always our top priority.

“We will be updating parents and carers accordingly.

“We hope the parent makes a full and swift recovery.”

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