AN ENTIRE year group has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days after a second confirmed case of coronavirus at a secondary school.
Noadswood School in Dibden Purlieu had its first reported case on Thursday last week, but as no students were in close contact with the affected person, none was asked to stay home.
However, after a second case was confirmed at the weekend, headteacher Kathryn Marshall has now asked all Year 10 students to stay home to avoid furthering spreading the virus.
A letter on the school’s website to parents and carers said: “Having followed the national guidance we have identified that students in the year 10 bubble have potentially been in close contact with an affected individual. In line with national guidance they must now stay at home and self-isolate until Thursday 22nd October.”
Pupils who are well at the end of the 14 days can return to school and their usual activities, the letter said.
It added: “Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop any symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.”
To ensure pupils do not fall behind, remote learning has been put in place for those affected by self-isolation. The school’s website states: “There will be a combination of live lessons on [Microsoft] Teams, pre-recorded lessons and online assignments.
“Lessons are likely to be shorter than the hour that students would normally have in school. This is to allow teachers to set up their IT requirements for live lessons. This will be valuable time in the scenario where some classes are in school and some are at home. Remote lessons will mirror the timetable that students would normally follow in school.”
As previously reported in the A&T, two cases of Covid-19 have also been confirmed at Hounsdown School in Totton. Pupils were not required to self-isolate after the initial case but in a letter sent to parents on Thursday, head teacher Julie Turvey said the second infection required some students to remain at home for 14 days.