Pupils isolating after Covid case at city school

A ‘small number’ of children have been advised to self-isolate after a confirmed Covid case at a city primary school.

Mrs Dulieu, headteacher at Saint Mary’s Fields Primary School in Rowley Fields, sent a letter home to parents yesterday, Monday January 18.

She wrote: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school. We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

“Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness.

“The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.”

She added: “The school remains open to children of keyworkers and vulnerable children and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well and are currently attending.”

With the third national lockdown underway, primary schools are closed to all pupils but keyworker and vulnerable children.

Despite the tough measures, similar to those in the first national lockdown, school attendances are significantly higher this time around.

Some schools in Leicester and Leicestershire have up to 70 per cent of pupils in lessons despite the lockdown rules.

The Government and education bosses have urged parents to keep their children at home if possible in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Resilience Forum Education Group chair, Jane Moore, said: “Parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

“This is a real moment for us to work collectively, keep schools safe and reduce transmission.

“We know some schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have had requests for up to 70 per cent of their pupils to be on-site learning whereas for others the numbers are more manageable.

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“That is why we are working closely with school leaders to make sure children are safe and we have as many children learning at home as possible in order to keep transmission down.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said when announcing the latest lockdown that he hopes to look at reopening schools to all pupils after the February half term which is in the middle of next month.

Since then ministers have suggested that early March is the earliest that lockdown measures might be lifted.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News