A school in a village near Lincoln has sent a whole class, including children and staff, home to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.
Charlie Hebborn, who is the headteacher at Scampton C of E Primary School, notified parents on Monday evening of a positive test in the school from a pupil in Mrs Skelland’s class.
The test was carried out after school on Friday for reasons relating to the parent’s job, but neither the child or family member were showing any symptoms.
After a Public Health England assessment with a local team at 10pm on September 7, children and staff in Mrs Skelland’s class must self-isolate for 14 days.
This group may return again on September 21. This means the affected bubble of 26 children and five members of staff are self-isolating.
For pupils who are isolating, the school will continue online learning.
Other household members do not need to isolate unless they develop symptoms. Any siblings of pupils in Mrs Skelland’s class from other year groups are still able to attend school.
There are staff in Scamps Club, which operates before and after school, who work in that bubble. Scamps Club will be closed on Tuesday, September 8 whilst the school assesses the situation.
In a statement to The Lincolnite, the school said: “Last night (Monday) one of our pupils received a positive test result.
“Following discussions with Public Health England, the affected bubble of 26 children and five members of staff are self-isolating for 14 days as a precaution, in line with the government guidance.
“These pupils will continue their learning at home during this period. However, the school remains open to all other pupils, although we will be monitoring the situation closely and keeping parents informed.
“Our top priority is the safety of our staff and pupils, and we have a number of measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, including frequent handwashing and social distancing.”
This is the second reported case at a Lincoln village school after a member of staff at The Holt Primary School in Skellingthorpe tested positive for coronavirus. They are now self-isolating, along with 30 children and three other staff in that bubble.
Elsewhere in the county, all Year 7 pupils, along with four staff, were sent home from King’s School in Grantham after one of the students tested positive for COVID-19.