One student has tested positive for Covid-19, while several others have shown symptoms at a Cambridgeshire college.
Linton Village College confirmed a year 11 pupil tested positive for the virus, according to a letter seen by CambridgeshireLive.
The college website also showed that several students were also showing coronavirus symptoms across different year groups.
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In the letter, Principal Helena Marsh said: “I have been in regular contact with the Department for Education, Local Authority, and Trust colleagues in the last 24 hours and have been following their guidance and direction from Public Health England.”
The letter also outlined some information relating to questions they thought the parents might have.
The letter stated that the positive case last attended school on Friday, September 18.
They reportedly experienced one coronavirus symptom, change in taste, on Saturday, September 19 and went to get a test.
The student’s family received their test result in the post on Wednesday, September 23 in the evening and then told the college.
It is understood the college was asked to identify anyone that had been in close contact with the student in the two days before they began exhibiting symptoms and has instructed them to self-isolate for 14 days.
Teachers have been asked to set classwork for those isolating to access at home.
While this is the only confirmed case of coronavirus at the school, there have been more students with known symptoms.
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The school has been sharing this information with parents via their website.
In the latest update, as of Thursday, September 24, there are seven students known to have symptoms of COVID-19 – such as high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste and smell.
Three of the students are recorded as being in year 8 while two are in year 9 and a further two are in Year 11.
To keep students safe and control the spread of the virus, Linton Village College has continued to be cleaned to the new COVID-19 standards with additional touchpoint and surface cleaning and sanitisation throughout the day and after school.
It’s understood if there are any other confirmed cases of coronavirus the college will inform the Public Health England Local Health Protection Team, and partial closure of the college may be necessary.
This will be the case if there are multiple confirmed cases within a year group or there is an impact on staffing levels.
Principal Helena Marsh told parents: “I appreciate that this is an unsettling and concerning time for the whole of the college community.
“Staff are working hard to respond to these challenges to support students’ safety and learning in these exceptional circumstances.
“Please be mindful that teachers are setting work and responding to emails on top of enhanced teaching and duties. The demands on our reception and attendance team and the Senior Leadership Team are also significant at this time.
“Thank you for your support and understanding.”