Staff at college in Leicester test positive for coronavirus

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A principal at a Leicester secondary school has moved to assure parents they have no cause for concern after a number of staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

Parents and carers with children at New College, in New Parks, received a letter this week informing them of the cases, which have forced a number of staff members into self-isolation.

But Principal Jane Brown has said the stringent measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus had meant that none of the 900 plus pupils had been infected.

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In her letter, Mrs Brown wrote: “A small number of staff at New College have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now self-isolating at home.

“However no students have been affected due to the stringent measures we have put in place.

“We know that many of you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and we are working closely with Public Health England (PHE).”

A small number of staff at New College have tested positive for the virus (Image: Google Streetview)

She added: “We would like to reassure you we have already implemented the necessary actions and PHE, following an evaluation of our Covid-mitigation measures, are confident we have undertaken all possible measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Mrs Brown said PHE had advised that the school should remain open and operate as normal.

One concerned mother told LeicestershireLive her child had been sent home from the college on Monday with virus symptoms and was awaiting the results of a test.

She said she was a ‘nervous wreck’.

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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