Staff at community college self-isolating after virus case

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Members of staff at a Leicestershire school are self-isolating after one of their colleagues tested positive for coronavirus.

Parents and carers of children at the 1,400-pupil Countesthorpe Leysland Community College yesterday received a letter from the principal saying a single case of Covid-19 had been confirmed.

Catherine Aitcheson said the staff member worked in part of the campus, in Winchester Road, Countesthorpe, where they had no contact with pupils - but that three other members of staff had self-isolated as a result.

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Mrs Aitcheson said: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 of a member of support staff from within our school, though they did not have symptoms whilst in school.

“The member of staff works in an area of the school where they do not have any contact with students.

“Close contacts were quickly identified, and three other members of our support staff team are currently self-isolating as a precaution.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how you can support.

"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.”

Countesthorpe Leysland Community College (Image: Peter Fothergill)

She added: "Can I please reiterate the very important advice that was sent out last week.

“A child must self isolate as soon as a household member thinks they have symptoms to avoid this risk of wider transmission reoccurring.

“ If the test result for the household member comes back positive then everyone in the household must continue to follow isolation guidance and inform the school.

“The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.”

A growing number of schools across the county and in Leicester have reported single cases of the virus among staff or pupils this week with classes resuming for the Autumn term.

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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