Coronavirus: Pupils and teachers isolate at Swanmore Primary and Portchester Community School

TWO members of staff and a small group of students from a school are isolating after ‘Covid-19 related contact’.

By Millie Salkeld
Friday, 18th September 2020, 1:19 pm
Updated Friday, 18th September 2020, 4:18 pm

Parents and carers at Portchester Community School were informed yesterday via a letter from the school’s headteacher Richard Carlyle.

The letter said: ‘As of this afternoon, two members of staff have been advised to isolate due to a Covid-19 related contact.

‘Public Health England have been notified and a risk assessment has been completed. While there appears to be no direct cause of the infection in the school, I have taken the precaution to ask a small number of students to isolate for the recommended period of time.

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This school in Portchester had a Progress 8 score of -0.78 in 2019 (-0.6 in 2018) and also had an Attainment 8 score average of 38.1 in 2019 (37.9 in 2018) with 25 per cent Grade 5 + in English/ Maths.

‘I have been in contact with the parents of those children.

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‘We are treating this as an isolated incident at the moment and will continue to follow all the protective measures in school.’

At Swanmore Primary School, five staff and 60 children from the Year 1 bubble are now isolating.

The school told The News that it remains open for all other year groups.

School staff say they are working closely with Public Health England.

The letter said: ‘There has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

‘Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness.

‘The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.

‘The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.’

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, there have been 603 cases in Portsmouth, 405 cases in Havant and a total of 5,658 across Hampshire.

Barry Fanning, headteacher at Woodcroft Primary, said a staff member contracted the virus.

He said: ‘We have had one confirmed case of Covid-19.

‘This individual is an adult who doesn’t work directly with the schoolchildren.

‘We have followed the advice from Public Health England to the letter – the person has gone into isolation and the school will remain open.’

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