Bristol news Timeline shows how coronavirus has already hit Bristol's schools MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Since the school term started in Bristol last week, a new school has been affected by coronavirus almost every day. At least 10 schools in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have had children test positive for coronavirus - with more reporting "suspected" cases. And now some students are being forced to self-isolate even before a positive result is returned, because families are struggling to get tested. Both primary and secondary schools have been forced to send both pupils and teaching staff home, but officials have moved to reassured concerned parents, saying education leaders 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. Below is a timetable to show you each of the schools impacted so far. Time Line Coronavirus schools affected in and around Bristol Monday, September 7Hans Price Academy had a teacher test positive. The school, in Weston-super-Mare, remained open after taking advice from Public Health bosses. The school's principal Tony Searle said: “While some families have been in contact to seek reassurance, we are clear that events of this kind are not unexpected, as Covid-19 is still present in all our communities and the need for us to respond swiftly and appropriately to confirmed cases has always been anticipated." Tuesday, September 8Churchill Academy and Sixth Form in North Somerset had a confirmed case. 57 kids were forced to self-isolate. Director of Public Health at North Somerset Council Matt Lenny said it was important people remembered the virus has not gone away over the summer. Thursday, September 10Shirehampton Primary School had a pupil diagnosed with the virus. The news saw the entire Year 6 cohort told to self isolate for 14 days. The council’s education director Alison Hurley said: “All the schools have robust measures in place to ensure they can quickly respond to any confirmed Covid-19 cases and prevent the spread of infection to other students and school staff. “While this is a worrying time for parents, school really is the best place for children so please continue to send your children in." Thursday, September 10 Two Mile Hill Primary School had a case confirmed. The Kingswood school had one pupil tested positive leading 160 students of mixed ages to self-isolate. Headteacher Owen Knowles said: "We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and Bristol City Council. "Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness." Thursday, September 10John William Oasis Academy has one case confirmed. All Year 7 pupils were asked to isolate. A spokesperson said: "Thanks to the extensive measures we have in place, including the bubble system, the academy remains safe to open for students in all other year groups.
Thursday, September 10
Kings' Forest Primary School has a pupil test positive. One Year 1 pupil tested positive and so 27 of their classmates were put in isolation. The school is just two miles from Two Mile Hill Primary School, which has also had a case. Sara Blackmore, director of public health at South Gloucestershire Council, thanked the school for its 'prompt and effective actions'.
Friday, September 11Compass Point Primary School in Bedminster had a case confirmed. 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.
Wednesday, September 16Bristol City Council confirmed a case at Elmfield School for Deaf Children in the Southmead ward. The school has one confirmed case and 19 students are self-isolating.
Wednesday, September 16Coronavirus was confirmed at Bristol Brunel Academy in the Eastville ward. The entirety of year eight are self-isolating, according to Bristol City Council.
Wednesday, September 16
Clifton College confirmed a case. A child in its upper school has tested positive for the virus and is in isolation at home. All of year eight are self-isolating. A spokesperson said: “All 43 of the pupils in the boarding house and 27 close contacts of the pupil have been required to isolate for two weeks. "These pupils are continuing to receive pastoral support and access their lessons via remote learning.”
Wednesday, September 16One pupil at a Bedminster Down primary school has been tested for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms. Leaders at Cheddar Grove are now awaiting results before ordering the entire year group to self isolate.
Wednesday, September 16
Air Balloon Primary School in St George confirms pupils are in isolation due to one suspected case. In a letter, the school's head teacher Tim Browse said: "As they have been unable to access a test, and based on a risk assessment with Public Health England, we are following guidance as though this is a positive case. "This means that we have closed our Year 5 class bubble.
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