Primary school confirms coronavirus case – year group isolating

A case of coronavirus has been confirmed at a Bristol school.

Staff and students at Air Balloon Primary School in Hillside Road, St George, have been told to self-isolate after a positive case of Covid-19 in one of the year groups.

Only staff and students in the year group bubble and those who may have been in contact with those in the bubble have been asked to self-isolate.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Tim Browse said: “We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for Covid-19.

“When there is a confirmed case within the school, an assessment is carried out by the school in line with its own risk assessment and national guidance for schools.

“This process seeks to identify people who have been in close contact with the confirmed case 48 hours before their symptoms developed or when the positive test was taken.

“The result of today’s risk assessment was that it was necessary for everyone within a class bubble to self-isolate up until 1st November 2020.

“Other members of staff were also identified as potential close contacts within the year bubble and have been advised to self-isolate also.”

Mr Browse went on to reassure parents all measures were taken in the interest of safety for staff and pupils.

He added: “I would like to reassure all parents that the decisions made were judged to be the most appropriate, proportional and safest way of managing this particular case.

“I would also add it is not advisable for schools to share specific information so that individuals may be identifiable by the wider community.

“This is to protect them from any stigmatisation that may occur when they return to school. We know that you may find this news concerning but I can assure you that we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

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“I do acknowledge that any confirmed case is a cause of anxiety for all of us and I know that all of our best wishes are with anyone in our community who has received a positive test result.

“Please also be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

“We continue, as always,to ensure that all of our safety procedures are in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirusin our school community.”

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