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A spokesperson for Kings Academy said: “Public Health England South West and Somerset County Council’s Public Health and Education teams are working together to support pupils, parents and staff following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.
A close contact of the student who tested positive on Tuesday 10 November 2020 has tested positive today. Due to them already self-isolating, this student has not been in school since Tuesday 10 November. Therefore, Public Health England have advised us today that the whole Year 10 bubble should close down and all Year 10’s must self-isolate for 14 days. The last day of isolation for all Year 10 students will be Tuesday 24 November and they return to school on Wednesday 25 November 2020. In addition, this includes the Year 10 students that went into isolation on Tuesday 10 November. The date change for these students is due to the fact that the last date they may have been in contact with the student that has tested positive today is 10 November, and they must self-isolate for 14 days from that date.
A comprehensive deep clean of the affected areas of the school is being undertaken. School staff and parents have been provided with public health advice including what to do if someone becomes symptomatic.
Parents have been advised it is not necessary for any other member of the household to self-isolate unless they become symptomatic. It is also not necessary to arrange for a test unless you are symptomatic.
Public Health England has provided the school with advice on infection prevention and control and staff will continue to reinforce these key messages: