Runshaw College sends class of 18 students home after 3 cases of COVID-19 are confirmed

A class of 18 students are now isolating at home after three people tested positive for coronavirus at Runshaw College.

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 3:48 pm

The college in Leyland has today (September 15) confirmed that three of its students have contracted COVID-19.

They are now at home and self-isolating, along with their classmates and other close contacts at the college.

Runshaw said all three students are coping well and are only experiencing mild symptoms.

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Runshaw College in Leyland has confirmed 3 cases of COVID-19 on campus, leading to a class of 18 students being sent home to self-isolate. Pic: Google

It said its track and trace system was swiftly put into action to curb the spread of the virus.

A spokesman for Runshaw College said: "I can confirm that we are aware of 3 isolated cases of COVID-19 in our students.

"All have identified the likely cause of infection in their personal lives and thankfully all are experiencing only mild symptoms at this stage.

"Our isolation process is working very effectively. We have reported each case to Public Health England and have carefully followed their instructions.

"Each of the cases are now self-isolating for 14 days, following the guidance.

"In addition, we have identified their close contacts and potential contacts.

"Those people have all received a notification letter. As a result, one class of 18 students is now self-isolating but are continuing their full-time studies online, providing they do not become unwell.

"They continue to be supported by our excellent team of Progress Mentors, as well as their teachers."

Runshaw College joins a number of schools in South Ribble that have confirmed cases of coronavirus among its student body.

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