49 children from Northampton primary school sent home early after positive Covid-19 test

The school is awaiting further information from Public Health England to determine who should continue to self-isolate

By Carly Odell
Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 1:12 pm

A primary school in Northampton had to ask parents to collect their children early after staff found out about a positive Covid-19 test.

Yesterday (September 14), staff at St Andrew's CEVA Primary School in Ecton Brook Road, were informed that a pupil in Year 1 tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

As a precaution, parents of the 49 five and six-year-olds in the year group had to collect their children by lunchtime. Eight members of staff were also told to self-isolate immediately.

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St Andrew's has had a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Since then the Year 1 areas have been deep cleaned and the school is waiting for further information from Public Health England to find out how many of those who were sent home need to continue to self-isolate.

A spokeswoman for the school said: "On the morning of Monday September 14, the school was informed that a child in one of the Year 1 classes had tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend.

"The school immediately followed the Northamptonshire Schools Covid-19 Notification Process by calling Public Health England.

"As a precautionary measure whilst awaiting for their response, we sent home all 49 Year 1 children and 8 members of staff to self-isolate immediately. All children were collected by lunch time.

"All parents have been informed of this situation and all Year 1 areas were deep cleaned by a professional cleaning company after school yesterday.

"Today (September 15) we are waiting for Public Health England to contact us to complete the rapid risk assessment checklist and to give further guidance as to who should be self-isolating and for how long.

"Until we receive confirmation from Public Health England, the Year 1 bubble will be self-isolating at home and accessing online learning.

"The rest of the school is open and we continue to follow the government guidelines and our Covid-19 risk assessment to mitigate further risks."

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