School forced to shut and 100 pupils to isolate after one tests positive for coronavirus

A SCHOOL has been forced to close and 100 pupils to self-isolate after one tested positive for coronavirus.

The JCB Academy in Rocester, Staffordshire, one of the first schools in England to reopen in August following the Covid-19 pandemic, shut on Friday.

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Students who are believed to have been in contact with the pupil have been told to stay at home for two weeks.

The school will reopen on Monday for the remaining 700 students and emailed parents to say a "single student" had tested positive for the virus.

Principal Jenny McGuirk said the school had been closed "as a precaution" after the single case.

She added: "The Academy has taken advice from Public Health England and the Staffordshire Covid-19 Response Team to mitigate the risk from this confirmed isolated case.

VIRUS SHUTDOWN

"Through track and trace, academy staff have worked throughout the day to contact the families of students believed to have been in contact with the individual who has tested positive.

"As a result, around 100 students have now been asked to self-isolate for the next 14 days.

"We have taken swift and decisive action to mitigate any risks and the measures we have taken go above and beyond the advice given to us from Public Health England."

Schools began reopening for the autumn term at the end of August following the lockdown and summer holidays.

Students at the academy who are self-isolating will be able to access learning online, she said.

The JCB Academy was the first school in the UK for the education of 13 to 19-year-olds with a focus on engineering.

It implemented pupil safety measures before reopening, including hand sanitisers outside classrooms, segregated lunch breaks, and the compulsory wearing of masks while moving between rooms.

Pupils also had to stay two metres (6.5ft) away from teachers.

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