Bristol news List of schools affected by coronavirus grows to 12 MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - 'Significant demand' on the NHS Test and Trace is adding to the huge number of pupils off school
Breaking News ! At least 10 schools in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have had children test positive for coronavirus since term started - with more reporting "suspected" cases. After a little more than a week back in the classroom, scores of pupils and staff are now self isolating after a turbulent start to the term. Families struggling to access Covid-19 tests has also added to the number of kids unable to attend classrooms today (Wednesday, September 16). Both primary and secondary schools are affected, but officials have tonight moved to reassured concerned parents, saying all schools were following Public Health England (PHE) guidance. This means any students or teaching staff who have come into close contact with an infected pupil are self isolating at home for 14 days. Bristol City Council’s director of Public Health Christina Gray said: “Please be reassured that while this is disruptive for children at the affected schools, the number of cases is still very small number compared to the thousands of children attending schools across the city. "Well done to parents and teachers for acting swiftly as this helps stop the virus spreading to other children." The Bristol schools affected Shirehampton Primary School had a case confirmed on Thursday, September 10. One Year 6 child has been diagnosed with the virus and the entire year group is self-isolating for 14 days. John William Oasis Academy in Hengrove had one case confirmed on Thursday, September 10. All of its Year 7 cohort were asked to isolate. Compass Point Primary School in Bedminster had a case confirmed on Friday, September 11. Students were sent home and told to isolate there for 14 days after someone in their "pod" tested positive for coronavirus. Staff who had been teaching the Year 6 pod have also been sent home and told to self-isolate. In total one case has been confirmed and 29 children and three staff members are isolating. Tonight Bristol City Council confirmed a coronavirus case at Elmfield School for Deaf Children in the Southmead ward. The school has one case and 19 students are self-isolating. Coronavirus was confirmed at Bristol Brunel Academy in the Eastville ward by the council tonight. The entirety of year eight are self-isolating. Clifton College confirmed a case today. All of year eight are self-isolating.
. The school has not had any confirmed cases but has one suspected case and so 18 children are isolating. Parents of children at Air Balloon Primary School, in St George, were also sent a letter informing them of a "suspected" case this afternoon.
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Cases in North Somerset Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset saw a teacher test positive on Monday, September 7. The school remained open. Churchill Academy and Sixth Form in North Somerset confirmed a case on Tuesday, September 8. 57 kids were forced to self-isolate following a confirmed case. Cases in South Gloucestershire Two Mile Hill Primary School in South Gloucestershire, just outside of the border of Bristol confirmed a case on Thursday, September 10. One pupil tested positive leading 160 students of mixed ages to self-isolate. Kings' Forest Primary School, in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire had a case confirmed on Thursday, September 10. One Year 1 pupil tested positive and so 27 of their classmates were put in isolation. What parents should do Ms Gray confirmed there was 'significant demand' on the NHS Test and Trace at the moment. "If anyone is struggling to make an appointment and thinks they or their child has Covid-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and continue to try and book an appointment for a test, " she said. "The symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and/or a loss of taste or smell. “This week new rules came into place reducing the number of people that can meet inside and outside their home to groups of six. "Most cases that have been confirmed in schools will be from children who have mixed with friends "Therefore it’s really important we follow this new guidance, and also remember to regularly wash hands, cover our faces when needed, and stay 2m away from others.” When self-isolating people have been reminded they should not go to work, school or public places.
Official NHS advice on what to do when you go into self-isolation
When to self-isolate you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK. If you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, but you do not have symptoms, other people living with you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance. Coronavirus school cases rising: Find out how parents are reacting to their kids being back at school.
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