On 13 October we identified that a learning support assistant from the school has tested positive for coronavirus.
“Working with colleagues at Public Health England, Department for Education and Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team we undertook a risk assessment and identified the children and staff who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case. Following national guidance around close contacts with a confirmed case, we have asked 30 children to self-isolate at home for 14 days since their last contact with the confirmed case.
“Public Health have carried out a risk assessment and are satisfied with all the measures we’re taking to keep students safe. These include the robust and enhanced cleaning procedures we have throughout the school.
“I must stress that children self-isolating at home do not need to get a test unless they develop symptoms. If any other students become symptomatic and are awaiting tests or results, they must self-isolate and must not come to school.
“Clearly this has had an impact on the school community, those pupils involved and their families. However, please be reassured that the affected children will have comprehensive online resources building on the curriculum they would be following at school, while they are self-isolating.
“If any other students become symptomatic and are awaiting tests or results, they must self-isolate and must not come to school.”