School confirms Covid case as some pupils told to stay home

A St George school has recorded a coronavirus case and told some pupils to stay home.

Air Balloon Hill Primary School, on Hillside Road, sent a letter to Year 1 parents today (June 27) confirming “a member of the school community” had tested positive for Covid-19.

Timothy Browse, head teacher at the 840-capacity school, wrote: “We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child may have been in close contact with the affected person within 48 hours of the positive test being taken.

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“In line with the national guidance your child must now stay at home and self-isolate. The last day of the isolation period will be 11.59pm on July 4, 2021.

“If your child is well at the end of the self-isolation period, then they can return to school on July 5. Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period.

“I appreciate that managing your child’s period of isolation may be inconvenient and disappointing, but I know that we all recognise this is a necessary action to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.”

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It comes as cases rise sharply in Bristol. On June 20, the city saw its first coronavirus death since May 2, today’s (June 27) update revealed.

Bristol’s coronavirus rate is 199.6 cases per 100,000 people, significantly higher than the England average of 119.5.

Some 64 per cent of Bristol’s cases are people in their 20s, 16 per cent aged under 20, 18 per cent aged 30 to 59, and two per cent over 60.

In her update from June 24, Bristol’s public health director Christina Gray said: “In Bristol we’re seeing a particularly high level of Covid-19 cases in our 18 to 30 age groups and among people who are not vaccinated.

“We are picking up many of these positive cases, which are asymptomatic, through lateral flow (rapid) testing. We strongly encourage everyone, particularly younger people and those who are out socialising and working, to take action protect themselves and others by using rapid tests and taking up the vaccination when available.”

You can get more information about rapid testing here.

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