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Staff and students at Norwich school told to self-isolate after coronavirus case

PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 October 2020 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 October 2020

City Academy Norwich where some pupils have been told to self-isolate after a confirmed case of coronavirus. Picture: Google

City Academy Norwich where some pupils have been told to self-isolate after a confirmed case of coronavirus. Picture: Google

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Norwich high school staff and students have been told to self-isolate after a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Paul Collin, headteacher at City Academy Norwich. Picture: City Academy NorwichPaul Collin, headteacher at City Academy Norwich. Picture: City Academy Norwich

Students at City Academy Norwich who had been in close contact with the person who tested positive are now learning from home after being told to self-isolate for 14-days.

Staff members who had been in direct prolonged contact have also been told to stay away from school and self-isolate.

The school on Bluebell Road, close to the UEA campus, has 668 pupils and is a single academy trust supported by Bohunt Education Trust.

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In a letter sent to parents the school said the confirmed case of coronavirus was limited to an area away from the main school buildings.

City Academy Norwich where a small number of pupils are self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test. Picture: Simon FinlayCity Academy Norwich where a small number of pupils are self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test. Picture: Simon Finlay

Headteacher Paul Collin said: “This is an isolated case affecting a very small number of individuals and we have acted swiftly following Public Health England advice.

“A very small group of students will continue their education at home via our remote learning resources in line with DfE guidance.

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“The safety of our students, staff and the wider public is of paramount importance to us and we have robust measures and procedures in place to protest all members of our academy community.

“All parents and carers are aware of the current situation and we would like to thank them and our community for their support.

“The academy remains open and pupils should continue to attend as normal unless they display symptoms or have been notified they should self-isolate.”

The letter to parents includes details of what to do if parents see their children displaying symptoms but adds that those needing to self-isolate have been contacted directly.

The school is one of a number that have had to deal with confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst either staff or students.

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A small number of pupils at Framingham Earl High School who had been in close contact with the person who tested positive are now learning from home after being told to self-isolate for 14-days.

Litcham School has asked for all year 10 and 11 pupils to study at home using remote learning plans until the end of the October half-term break due a “handful of positive cases”.

A group of 50 children at Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy – part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust – are being kept off school after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile year 11 students at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy were last week told not to attend school for 10 days after a pupil tested Covid-19 positive.


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