Primary school ‘reports cases and tells year groups to isolate’

A Henbury primary school has reportedly told two year groups to self-isolate for two weeks.

Henbury Court Primary Academy, on Trevelyan Walk, posted on Facebook yesterday (October 13): “Dear families, if you are a parent of a child in Y5 or 6 then please check your Parentmail account for a very important letter.”

One mum told Bristol Live: “I’m a parent of a Year Six child there. Two confirmed cases in two separate classes according to the email we got this afternoon. All of Y5/6 (blended year group) in self-isolation.”

The school has refused to speak to Bristol Live about the matter, but Henbury and Brentry’s Councillor Mark Weston commented on Facebook: “There has been a case of Covid as I understand it and so the year group cohort have been sent home to isolate.”

In response, several parents said the school’s letter mentioned coronavirus “cases” and warned Years Five and Six to self-isolate for two weeks.

Bristol City Council has been asked for an update on the school, which has 365 pupils according to Ofsted.

Recent weeks have seen many schools in and around Bristol confirm coronavirus cases.

The exact number of pupils and staff in quarantine as a result of the outbreaks is not known.

But at least 48 schools across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have been affected.

You should book a Covid-19 test if your child has at least one of the following:

  • A high temperature – This means if they feel hot to touch on the chest or back. You do not need to measure their temperature.

  • A new continuous cough – This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If your child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual).

  • A loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – They’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

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If your child does not have symptoms of coronavirus but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested.

They and members of your household do not need to self-isolate.

In those circumstances, your child can attend school if fit to do so.

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