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Confirmed coronavirus case at Bourne Academy

About 40 pupils have been sent home from school after one of their peers tested positive for coronavirus.

Staff at Bourne Academy were made aware today (November 18) that a Year 8 pupil, who is showing 'very mild symptoms', had tested positive for coronavirus.

Executive headteacher, Lucy Conley, said: "Obviously our main priority was to go through our robust Covid-19 procedure and systems to make sure that we promptly isolated any pupil who we deemed had been in contact with this case, as directed by Public Health England and that we communicated effectively with our parents and staff."

Coronavirus vial. Stock photo
Coronavirus vial. Stock photo

About 40 pupils have received a letter instructing them to isolate for 14 days after being deemed in 'close contact' with the individual.

Mrs Conley said: "I am very pleased with our response, the team of staff that have been set up to deal with any such situation in school were extremely efficient and had isolated all pupils within one hour of being informed of this positive test result.

"The environment was calm and supportive for all pupils, with our parents being highly supportive too, for which I thank them.

"I can confirm that my positive view of how we organised and dealt with this situation today is echoed and supported by feedback from the public health practitioner, who commented that they have been very impressed by our handling of this and our other cases."

The school - which remains open - has dealt with seven confirmed Covid-19 cases since pupils returned to school in September, with two cases being ongoing.

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at a number of other schools in the area.

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