Pupils at Leyland's Bishop Rawstorne Academy told to self-isolate following positive tests of Covid-19

A Leyland school has asked a number of its pupils to isolate after being informed some children have tested positive for Covid-19

By James Graves
Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 2:14 pm

Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy has asked year eight and nine students to self-isolate at home after the school was informed that two students in the school community had tested positive for Covid-19.

The school, on Highfield Road in Croston, was also told that one of its year 11 students had a positive Covid test and had to send a number of year 11

students home to self-isolate.

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A number of pupils have been told to self-isolate

A spokesman for the school said that "nobody else within these households" needs to self-isolate unless Covid symptoms develop or there is a positive test within their households

In a newsletter sent to parents, headteacher Paul Cowley said: "We appreciate fully that this will have come as very unpleasant news to all of the students and families involved, but we will do our upmost to support them at this time.

"Since we have become aware of these positive tests, we have been putting our track and trace procedures into place based upon PHE advice and guidance. PHE advice is that only those students and staff who have been in very close and prolonged contact to the individuals need to isolate. The students that this applies to have been told to self-isolate at home as a precaution for a period of 14 days.

"This decision was made having carried out a risk assessment of the students and classrooms where they may have come into close and sustained contact with the students who tested positive with Covid-19."

Mr Cowley also said that self-isolating students are being given additional resources as well as tasks and information to help them to work remotely

He added in the newsletter: "After the prolonged period of time out of school from March 2020, it is so important that students are not unnecessarily disrupted further in their learning and so staff will set work, provide feedback where appropriate to support this group of students remotely.

"We are in unprecedented times and there is much anxiety within our community. Nothing is of greater importance than the health and safety of our students and as you will have seen from our response this week, we will respond quickly and decisively to support them."