Staff member and pupil have coronavirus at Walsall school

A member of staff and a pupil at a Walsall school have both tested positive for coronavirus.

Reedswood E-ACT Primary Academy. Photo: Google
Reedswood E-ACT Primary Academy. Photo: Google

Reedswood E-ACT Primary Academy has sent out letters about the cases and has advised anyone who has been in contact with the pupil in year 3HF or the member of the staff who is in the nursery bubble to self-isolate.

The letters say: "Having written to you earlier today about a positive Covid-19 case at the academy, I can confirm that Public Health England have advised that individuals who have been in close contact with the affected pupil from 3HF should also self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.

"Robust safety measures at the academy, including the arrangement of pupils and staff into bubbles to limit contact between individuals, which enables us to identify our pupils’ precise movements and our seating arrangements supports social distancing with all children sitting facing forwards.

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"We are therefore working closely with the families of the relevant children and the members of staff who must self-isolate as a precaution.

"A reminder that the pupil who has tested positive for the virus is in the year 3HF bubble and will therefore have had no contact with children in other year groups.

"In the meantime, we are continuing to work closely with Public Health England who have assured us that the actions we are taking are completely in line with their guidance, and that our comprehensive safety measures mean the academy can remain open to all other pupils and staff."

And: "I am writing to you as we have been made aware that a member of staff has unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19 and is therefore self-isolating for a period of 10 days.

"We have since been working closely with Public Health England (PHE) who have advised that individuals who have been in close contact with the affected member of staff should also self-isolate from Monday 14 September for 14 days as a precaution.

"Please note that the affected member of staff was based in our nursery bubble and will have had no contact with children in other year groups. On the advice of PHE, we have temporarily closed the nursery bubble, and we are working closely with the staff and families of children who are being asked to self-isolate as a precaution."

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