Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at The Springfields Academy
11 pupils will now self-isolate until 28 September
The Springfields Academy is taking precautionary measures after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for COVID-19.
The pupil who is in a year group bubble of Years 6 - 8 is self-isolating along with the other 11 pupils in the bubble for 14 days until 28 September. While all precautionary and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school agreed these additional precautions with advice from public health professionals. The pupil with the positive test was driven to school.
The school has already arranged for those pupils to continue their learning at home during this time.
The school has been working closely with Public Health England and Wiltshire Council to ensure high standards of hygiene and social distancing are maintained and all the necessary measures are in place. The self-isolation of the pupils in Years 6 - 8 is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others. An additional six staff are also self-isolating as a precautionary measure.
Jon Hamp, Headteacher at The Springfields Academy, said: "We have written to all parents and carers to explain the situation. I am really grateful to them for their understanding and support as we know this will cause disruption for these families. The safety of everyone within our school community is the most important thing and we will continue to work with Wiltshire Council and Public Health England to ensure this is managed closely so that the rest of the school can continue.
"We look forward to welcoming everyone back in a couple of weeks."
Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, said: "This precautionary action is very important so we can keep the risk of any transmission within the school community as low as possible. We'll work with Public Health England to support the school so their high standard of COVID-19 measures are maintained.
"Anyone that is asked to self-isolate should follow the government guidance and stay at home; if they don't have symptoms they do not need to get a test. However, if a member of their household has symptoms and takes a test then they should self-isolate.
"We ask that people regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings where appropriate - this is the best way to keep you and everyone safe as much as possible."