#childsafety | Four schools confirm Covid cases as dozens of pupils sent home


Dozens of pupils have been sent home after Covid cases were found in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Barton schools.

At one school, 67 pupils and a staff member have had to self-isolate.

Parents have been informed if their children have been in contact with someone who tested positive.

This sadly means some pupils who returned to school this week for the first time since Christmas weren’t able to complete a week of lessons before going into self-isolation.

The cases have been detected across a range of age groups, including reception and Year 10.

The schools include Ormiston South Parade and Welholme Academy in Grimsby, St Lawrence Academy in Scunthorpe and Baysgarth School in Barton.

Ormiston South Parade Academy confirmed a Covid case on Thursday

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Pupils in the affected bubbles have been told to self-isolate, and principals say effective measures are in place to keep all children safe.

A letter was sent to parents at Ormiston South Parade yesterday.

Principal Kate Steward wrote: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school. We have worked closely with the Local Health Protection Team and followed all of their advice.

“As a result, we have closely followed all Government guidance and have implemented all possible safety measures and protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and to limit the transmission of any virus.

“The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.”

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Welholme Academy also notified parents on Thursday that a pupil in reception class had tested positive.

Mrs Turrell sent a letter to parents whose children were in the same bubble saying: “We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person.

“In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until Friday, March 19 (ten days after contact).”

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St Lawrence Academy principal Mike Adnitt also addressed parents on Thursday, saying: “Unfortunately, a Year 10 tested positive today which has meant close contacts self-isolating and needing to learn from home.

“It shows the procedures we have put in place are working and, as time goes on, students and families will be reassured about the testing process.

“I would like to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the testing team.”

A pupil at Baysgarth School tested positive yesterday

Baysgarth School headteacher Richard Briggs said the number of tests given over the first week had exceeded expectations, but that a positive case was identified on Thursday.

“I’m proud that our systems and procedures worked really well and within an hour we had identified 67 other students and one member of staff who had been in close contact with the individual who tested positive,” he said.

“These students were isolated immediately and we managed to have them all picked up or sent home before lunch. These students will now have to self-isolate for the next ten days and will return to school on Monday, March 22.”





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