High school sends students home and has deep clean after pupil tests positive for coronavirus
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Pupils at a Norwich high school have been told to self-isolate after a confirmed case of coronavirus.
Sprowston Community Academy has informed parents that one of its year nine pupils has tested positive for Covid-19.
The pupil is now learning from home. Areas of the school that they have used have undergone a deep clean.
A small group of other pupils and members of staff who had been in close contact have also been sent home after being told to self-isolate for 14-days.
The secondary school, on Cannerby Lane in Sprowston, has 1,292 pupils and is overseen by the Boudica Schools Trust.
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Headteacher Liz Wood said: “A year nine pupil has tested positive for Covid-19. As soon as we were made aware of the positive test we contacted the dedicated Schools Helpline and are following the advice we have received.
“We want to assure all parents and carers that we will continue to prioritise the welfare of children and staff and will take all/any decisions required to minimise risk.
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“This will include requiring all pupils and staff who have had close contact with the individual to self-isolate and carrying out additional deep cleaning in the areas they have used.
It comes as the latest attendance figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show 46pc of secondary and 16pc of primary schools in England sent home one pupil or more last week because of Covid-19 outbreaks.