Assembly ‘not to blame’ for third coronavirus case at school

Ringwood School
Ringwood School in Parsonage Barn Lane has confirmed a third coronavirus case (photo: Google)

THE head of a school which has confirmed a third case of coronavirus has rubbished claims that an assembly was to blame for the spread.


Ringwood School in Parsonage Barn Lane sent letters to parents telling them of the new case, which has meant a bubble of pupils and a small number of staff must now self-isolate.

Headteacher Leanne Symonds wrote: “We can confirm that Ringwood School have been informed of a further positive case of Covid-19 within the school community. The school have been in close contact with the Department for Education and Public Health England and those students identified as ‘close-contacts’ have been provided with remote learning and sent home to self-isolate. The school remains open and operating as normal to all other students.”

She added: “There appears to be a suggestion on social media that a tightly controlled assembly we held for the year group earlier this week to remind them all of Covid-19 safe practices in school was the reason that students must isolate.

“I would like to reassure you that this is not the case. In liaison with Public Health England and as with all learning activities, we look carefully at seating plans to track who has been near a positive case.

“We use CCTV to identify contacts out of lesson time. For learning activities, students sat within two metres for 15 minutes of a positive case are defined as close contacts and are asked to isolate. This happens for each of the 12 lessons and any other activities in the 48-hour period before symptoms appear for any positive cases.”

As reported in the A&T last month, two people within the Ringwood School community tested positive for Covid-19, causing two separate bubbles to self-isolate.

Other schools affected by positive cases include The Arnewood School in New Milton and Hounsdown and Testwood in Totton.