A school in Devon has sent home 24 pupils after a child returned a positive Covid test.

Winkleigh Primary School was informed of the single case on Saturday. After a risk assessment it was advised that the entire Year 5 bubble should remain at home and isolate for 14 days.

A letter to parents says: “We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for Covid-19.

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

The letter then provides health advice for parents and says the small number of children who have been in close contact have been told to stay home for two weeks.

Winkleigh Primary School

Victoria Fenemore, executive headteacher of the Woodland Federation, which runs the school, said she had received confirmation of the positive test on Saturday and had immediately informed Public Health England. She said the child had only showed very mild symptoms.

“We immediately sought public health and I have to say they were excellent. We also also made our own thorough risk assessment. Our thoughts are with the family of the child.”

Teachers have been keeping in contact with children via remote working.

The school remains open for other year groups.





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