The principal of Brittons Academy in Rainham has confirmed that 37 year 11 students have been sent home this morning after being informed today that one pupil had tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday (October 3).
It has also been confirmed that 27 year 9 pupils were sent home last week after a student tested positive the weekend before.
Mr Thompson, the head teacher, has reassured parents that the school has acted promptly and strictly followed government advice to ensure pupils are kept safe.
“We have had two cases, one year nine and one year 11, and then we conducted procedure by phone and letter by Public Health England,” Mr Thompson said.
“The protocol is a risk assessment by the Department of Education which advises when a child is isolated, what symptoms where and what would mean someone needs to isolate.
“You need to find out who has been in close proximity and contact.”
Like many schools, a ‘bubble’ is constituted as an entire year group at Brittons Academy.
After speaking with all of the appropriate authorities, Mr Thompson said they ruled which children would need to be sent home to isolate for 14 days.
He explained: “It’s all done now, we have worked out who needs to self isolate, given all this information to parents and carers and they have been sent home and collected with parental permission.
“We heard first thing this morning and was all done by 11 o’clock.”
Mr Thompson added: “The biggest danger for schools is if you get a staff outbreak, you can’t function.
“If students are, you can apply measures and apply those measures rigorously.
“Safety is our biggest concern. Their children are our paramount concern at the moment.
“I am spending more time being a doctor than a principal and following health experts and following the matter of the law.”
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Mr Thompson stressed to parents if they have concerns or queries, they should contact the school.
“The worst thing is someone misinformed puts forward a wrong statement on social media and it’s very unhelpful,” he said.
“The biggest thing for all schools is the quicker we know, the better.
“Any information any testing, contact us quickly so we can keep their children safe and other children safe.”