North East UK news 11 staff and pupils self-isolating after Scotswood school pupil catches Covid MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The school, in the West End of Newcastle, has told parents to keep sending their kids to class unless they have symptoms
Breaking News ! Almost a dozen staff and pupils at a primary school are self-isolating after a child tested positive for Covid-19. The infected youngster is a Year Four pupil at Excelsior Academy, near Scotswood, in Newcastle's West End. Parents at the mixed all-through school were contacted on Tuesday night and letters have since been sent out. However the Laidlaw Schools Trust, which operates the school, said pupils not self-isolating should keep coming to class. “As a precaution, all parents of children who were in close contact with the infected pupil were contacted last night and advised of the situation," said Peter Snowdon, the trust's chief operating officer. Read More Related Articles Sunderland pub closes 'until further notice' after customer tests positive for Covid-19 Read More Related Articles North East schools reaching 'crisis point' over staff absences due to Covid-19 testing delays “After taking advice from the North East Health Protection Agency, seven pupils and four staff members have been sent home to isolate. "Letters have also been sent to all the parents of the primary age pupils within Excelsior Academy, who were not close contacts, to keep them updated with the current situation. "We are confident that we have followed the correct procedures and would ask all parents to continue ensuring that their children attend school as it is important their education is not further disrupted.
On Wednesday, it emerged that two pupils at Ashington Academy, in Northumberland, had caught the virus. Nationally, over 300 schools have had had to already close in some capacity due to infections. It has sparked concerns that, across the UK, schools could soon start sending pupils back home due to the ongoing test fiasco.
However while Newcastle's sky-high infection rate has soared to the point fresh restrictions could be imposed, cases in Benwell and Scotswood remain low. Public Health England data for the week ending September 11 showed that, in both areas, there were between zero and two confirmed cases. In other parts of the city, such as Kenton and Byker, the number of confirmed cases hit double figures.
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