An entire year group has been told to remain at home after another student tested positive for coronavirus at a school in Exeter.

Clyst Vale Community College has asked all Year 7 pupils to stay at home today (November 24) with a message from the school’s principal Kevin Bawn saying that he had been notified of the positive test at 8.20pm on Monday evening.

The parent of the student who tested positive contacted the school which is based on Station Road in the Broadclyst last night just minutes after receiving the positive test result.

In a newsletter sent out to parents and guardians, Mr Bawn said: ”At 8.20pm this evening (November 23) I received news of a positive covid test for a student in Year 7 (which the parent had received only minutes beforehand).

”At this time of the evening it is not possible to identify which other Year 7 students might have been in close contact and therefore would need to self-isolate, or indeed whether the whole year group would need to isolate.

”Further, the health advice “out of hours” is general advice, so I will not receive school-specific advice until tomorrow (November 24) morning.

”Therefore, Year 7 parents and carers have been asked to make arrangements for their children to remain at home tomorrow (November 24).

”Clearly, I guarantee that I will make further contact with year seven parents and carers tomorrow, as soon as I have clear advice and guidance from the health authorities.

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”However, it is very likely that a large proportion or even the whole year group will be required to self isolate.

”This will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and possibly some anxiety for families, but I hope you will understand that I am adopting a “better safe than sorry” approach to prevent risk of any further infection.”

It is the latest in a series of positive tests at the school, which have included student and staff in the Year 9 bubble having to self-isolate after three confirmed cases.





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