Parents of Year 10 students at Kingsbury Green Academy have been told that their children will need to isolate following a confirmed case within the year.
The school closed for the half term holiday last Friday 16th October, however the pupil has since tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result Public Health Wiltshire have advised that all Year 10 students must self isolate until 29th October.
Because the pupil had no symptoms prior to the half term and was not tested until this week, over a week has passed since contact with classmates. Therefore only 7 days remain of the statutory 14 day self isolation period.
With many families already away for the half term break, it is impossible to say how many will be aware of the situation and will be able to follow the advice.
The school remain confident that this is an isolated case and the school is not the source of infection.
A statement from Principal Jason Tudor says:
'We have today been advised by Public Health Wiltshire that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Year 10. The affected pupil did not test positive until the half term holidays and had no symptoms at school at the end of term.
Despite this, the local public health team has stated that we have to advise all Y10 pupils to self-isolate until October 29th (inclusive).
As Principal, I have strongly questioned this advice given that a week has passed since the pupil was in school (with no symptoms) and that many families are already away on holiday at this time and unable to act on the advice. I have also stated that many families will not read this advice due to the school being on half term and therefore will not act on the advice. Despite these questions, the Director of the local public health team has stated we need to be consistent with their standard approach. All such decisions are taken by the local public health team and not the school.
I appreciate that this news will be extremely upsetting but PHW are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. We are aware these self-isolation dates mean your child will be required to self-isolate during part of the half term holidays. If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation (October 29th), then they can return to usual activities.