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Students sent home from Wednesbury school after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

By Megan Archer | Wednesbury | Coronavirus | Published:

Students at a Wednesbury school have been instructed to self-isolate at home for two weeks – after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School. Photo: Google

Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School in Wednesbury sent a letter out to a number of parents and carers on Monday after it was confirmed a teacher had a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Not all students have been sent home – just the ones who have been in contact with the teacher.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Bridget Morris said: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the staff body. On investigation it may be the case that your child has come into contact with the member of staff. We therefore need to take some precautionary measures.

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"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus will be a mild illness. Following the advice from PHE I have consulted with the chair of the school improvement board and must ask you keep your child at home from tomorrow morning for 14 days self-isolating.

"I appreciate this is a very worrying time for you but this action will allow us to firstly stop the spread of the virus in the school and also in the wider community. We will be organising work for your children and will inform you of how this will be delivered tomorrow.

"To be clear then – PHE have advised us that your child must self-isolate as they may have come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 – your child must stay at home for 14 days.

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"If your child is not displaying symptoms the other members of the households do not need to self-isolate."

It comes just less than a week after students from a Year 9 bubble at Stuart Bathurst were sent home to self-isolate after a student displayed symptoms.

It is not known how many students have been sent home. Stuart Bathurst High School has been contacted for comment.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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