A primary school in Walsall took the decision, in consultation with Walsall Council’s Public Health team, to exclude key stage 2 pupils from attending school on Monday 7 September, as it had become known over the weekend that a member of staff had been in contact with one or more persons who had tested as positive following that contact.
This action was taken as a preventative measure to allow detailed investigation and risk assessment to take place by public health experts.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
“This is not unexpected. As the lockdown was eased we would expect to see cases in our schools as the virus is in the community. Our schools have well-prepared plans on responding to COVID-19 incidents. This includes self-isolation, testing and where appropriate deep cleaning of buildings.
“I really must praise the prompt and decisive actions of the Head Teacher and other staff and their close collaboration with our Public Health team in this instance. It is more than clear that the safety of pupils and school staff has been at the heart of the decision-making process and that’s exactly as it should be.
"I am told that the Head has been really pleased with the support from our Public Health team and that really is great to hear. We are living with COVID-19 and we must all work together to stay safe.”
It is now standard practice that any positive cases will be followed up by the NHS Test and Trace service and any close contacts of cases will be informed and advised to self-isolate.
Councillor Craddock added:
“The protection of all the students and staff is of paramount importance and I am satisfied that all necessary and appropriate measures have or are being put in place by the school affected and parents and carers should be reassured that this is considered by professionals as low risk.”
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