Seven schools in England send students home to self-isolate due to students catching Covid

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At least seven schools in England have sent students home to self-isolate due to students contracting coronavirus within days of the start of the term.

Primary and secondary schools in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire and Buckinghamshire have all been hit by the virus – seven sending students home and one delaying the start of the term.

Among them was Sir William Borlase’s high school in Marlow, Bucks, which delayed the start of yesterday’s term after 20 students tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from vacation on the Greek island of Zante.

One of the high school students sparked outrage last night after a TikTok video emerged showing him joking about the group’s lack of social distancing and wearing a mask during the trip.

King David High School in Crumspall, Greater Manchester (pictured), which has spent £ 21,000 to implement the arrangements and technology required to enable social distancing and self-isolation

One of Sir William Borlase's high school students sparked outrage last night after a TikTok video emerged of him joking about the group's lack of social distancing and wearing a mask during the trip .

One of Sir William Borlase's high school students sparked outrage last night after a TikTok video emerged of him joking about the group's lack of social distancing and wearing a mask during the trip .

One of Sir William Borlase’s high school students sparked outrage last night after a TikTok video emerged of him joking about the group’s lack of social distancing and wearing a mask during the trip .

Today, it emerged that seven other schools – which unlike Sir William Borlase’s had already started the term – have asked students to return home, some after a few hours back in class.

What if there is an outbreak at my child’s school?

A school coronavirus outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases within 14 days – or if there is a spike in the number outside the school with symptoms.

The school must therefore work with the local health authorities.

If the outbreak is confirmed, an NHS mobile testing unit could be dispatched.

The test will start with the infected student’s class and the whole school can be cleaned up if necessary.

In some cases, a large group such as a class or an entire ensemble will be asked to self-isolate.

The government says that closing schools “will generally not be necessary.”

If a student is self-isolating, schools are supposed to have made arrangements to be able to learn at home.

Thousands of pupils in England and Wales have started returning to class this week, with the rest due to open next week.

Among them is King David High School in Crumspall, Greater Manchester, which has spent £ 21,000 to implement the necessary arrangements and technology to enable social distancing and self-isolation.

Last Friday, high school resumed teaching for sixth graders and the New Year 7.

But one of the older students started to feel bad and developed a temperature that same evening and tested positive on Sunday.

Three students who were within two meters of the child must now self-isolate for 14 days.

Dixons Trinity Academy, a college, and Dixons King’s Academy, a high school, in Bradford, have asked some students and staff to self-isolate, the Daily Mirror reported.

It comes after two staff members and a student have tested positive for the virus since the academies restarted last Tuesday.

Ridgeway Primary Academy in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, returned last Friday, but it was discovered over the weekend that a student aged five to seven had tested positive for the virus.

As a result, the student was asked to self-isolate for 10 days and several other people who came into close contact with the child were instructed to self-isolate for 14 days.

An anonymous school in Whitworth, Lancashire, also reportedly sent students home to self-isolate on Thursday.

Sir William Borlase High School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was scheduled to welcome pupils again on Wednesday, but will return on September 10

Sir William Borlase High School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was scheduled to welcome pupils again on Wednesday, but will return on September 10

Councilor Alyson Barnes told the local newspaper: “The parents of all affected children have been notified and are going to self-isolate and request a test.

A second school in Buckinghamshire, Chesham Grammar School, which only returned to class today, has also sent some of its pupils home to isolate themselves.

It is not clear whether this outbreak is linked to Sir William Borlase’s high school in Buckinghamshire, from which the Zante group was returning.

It comes as England’s top children’s doctor today warned that hugging and kissing grandchildren who have returned from the school mat is not “the smartest thing to do.”

Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and member of Sage, called for caution against the extent of physical contact between older adults and children who are back in school.

Speaking to a Royal Society of Medicine webinar, Prof Viner said, “I think if there are some highly vulnerable grandparents who are clinically protecting and other people, that makes them hugs and hugs. full kissing with your grandchildren after they get home from school might not be the most sane way to behave.

“We don’t believe in cutting off all physical contact between kids and grandparents, but in fact, a lot of kissing and that sort of thing might not be the most sensible thing to do.

Dixons King's Academy (pictured) in Bradford has asked some students and staff to self-isolate

Dixons King’s Academy (pictured) in Bradford has asked some students and staff to self-isolate

Ridgeway Primary Academy in Market Harborough, Leicestershire returned last Friday but it was discovered over the weekend that a student aged five to seven had tested positive for the virus.

Ridgeway Primary Academy in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, returned last Friday, but it was discovered over the weekend that a student aged five to seven had tested positive for the virus.

Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford has asked some students and staff to self-isolate due to coronavirus

Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford has asked some students and staff to self-isolate due to coronavirus

He added: “It is important to make the children see their grandparents, making sure they wash their hands, etc. when they leave school. To be sane, to be relatively safe, I think that’s the way to go.

Asked about the risks of children coming home from school and seeing their grandparents, Prof Viner said: “I fully understand anxiety, especially in families where grandparents or parents are clinically vulnerable. and where they were protected.

“This is also a particular problem that I know for many multigenerational families of the BAME legacy.

Professor Viner added: “It is clear that children can be asymptomatic, children can be contagious, they can clearly pose risks to adults, there is no claim that this is not the case. The truth is, it seems to be one of the less common ways to infect adults.

Speaking at the same event, Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, called on schools to prioritize exercise for children because it can improve young people’s mental health.

She said: “People seem to pay a lot more attention to mental health than physical health, which I find quite strange, given the importance of physical activity for the well-being of children.

“I’ve noticed very little discussion of restoring children’s physical health compared to what I’ve seen of restoring their mental health.

“I would like to do what I can from where I am sitting to continue to remind people that looks are important.

She added, “I hope many schools will feel positively excited about taking kids outside to exercise as much as possible. “

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “It is so encouraging to see schools opening for the new term and I am delighted that the children are reunited with their classmates and teachers.

He added, “Other schools will continue to be open to all students next week, following teacher training days and New Year group inductions.

“It is essential that time be taken to fully settle into new routines and I am convinced that we have the right contingency plans to face any challenges.

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