Children in three Devon primary schools are having to self-isolate following positive coronavirus tests.

Messages seen by DevonLive have been sent to parents with children at Parracombe Church of England Primary School, Kentisbury Primary School and Lynton Church of England Primary School.

All three are small schools in remote areas of North Devon.

The school in Parracombe closed on Monday (November 22) after a teacher tested positive. Children must stay at home and self-isolate until Thursday, December 3.

Meanwhile, pupils at Kentisbury Primary School can also return on Thursday, December 3 following a positive test.

Lynton Church of England Primary School is remaining closed until Wednesday, December 2 after a positive Covid-19 test.

Parracombe Church of England Primary School in North Devon

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“We have been informed of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 at Lynton School,” said a message to parents.

“The parent/carer of those children who have been in close contact with the confirmed case have received a letter informing them that their child must stay home for 14 days until 2nd December 2020.

“Due to the small nature of our Lynton School Community, possible contact between the confirmed case and other staff members has left us with no alternative but to close the school for the duration of the isolation period as we have insufficient staff available to to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.”

The trio of schools, all of which are in North Devon, make up the West Exmoor Federation.

Their website says: “As part of a federation, we are able to offer ‘the best of both worlds’ to our children.

“Individually, each school is able to offer all the advantages of a small school, namely that of being a supportive and caring ‘family unit’ that allows the specific needs of all children to be fully met.

“Together, we can enjoy many of the benefits bestowed upon larger schools, such as specialist teachers, extensive enrichment programmes and broader friendship groups which is particularly important for our older children as they move on to secondary school.”





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