Pupils at a sixth form college in Leicestershire have been sent home to self isolate for 14 days after a student coronavirus case was confirmed.
Headteacher of Wigston College Michael Wilson yesterday wrote to parents carers and students saying his immediate thoughts were for the speedy recovery of the infected teenager and saying all pupils in Year 12 should not come into the campus in Station Road in the town for a fortnight.
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Mr Wilson said: “We have been advised by Public Health England (PHE) that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Wigston College.
“We understand that this may be worrying news for you but we want to reassure you that we are working closely with PHE and, as we have been throughout the Covid crisis, we are closely following and implementing their advice.
“Our immediate thoughts are to wish our student a speedy recovery.”
In separate letters to Years 12 and 13, Mr Wilson said PHE was advising that all students in Year 12 should remain at home for two weeks starting from Friday September 4.
He added: “If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities on Monday September 21.
"We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of Covid-19 to others in the community.
“Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.”
The college has joined a growing list of schools in the city and county that have reported single cases of the virus among staff or pupils.
Public health officials and education bosses in the city and county have said that the number of confirmed cases in schools remains small given that tens of thousands of children and staff who have now returned to classes for the autumn term.
They have sought to reassure parents that the measures taken to prepare schools and make them Covid-secure have been working and the bubble system has allowed them to restrict contact between affected groups of pupils.
The latest information on schools and coronavirus is available here.
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