Headteacher responds to social media concerns after pupil tests positive

A headteacher of an Essex school has responded to social media concerns after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Lees of Clacton Coastal Academy addressed concerns in a letter published today regarding a pupil who tested positive for the virus.

Mr Lees confirmed that they were informed last night that a year 11 pupil, who was being treated for another illness, had tested positive for Covid-19.

He reassured parents that the pupil had been isolating since October 2, meaning there is no need for concern.

In his statement, he said: “I wouldn’t normally respond in this way on a Sunday, but I feel that in the current climate it is important to ensure that all parents/carers are fully informed and have the correct information.

“We were informed last night that a year 11 student who was being treated for another illness by his doctor has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The student was last in the Academy on Friday 2 October and has been isolating since then. This means he has completed his 10 days isolation as outlined by Public Health England and the DfE.”

He added: “Due to the student being isolated for the last 10 days, there is no need or concern for any other students to isolate unless they have Covid-19 symptoms.”

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Mr Lees further stressed to parents if their child has symptoms of coronavirus, they should follow the Public Health England guidance and inform the academy.

On Monday 5, parents of children at the school received a letter informing them that the member of staff noticed symptoms on Wednesday, September 30 and immediately started isolating.

At the time, they stated that in line with government guidance, all close contacts of the staff were self-isolating and a deep clean took place as a precautionary measure.

Essex Live