Second Covid case at Stoke-on-Trent school as several pupils told to self-isolate


Several pupils at a city high school are being told to self-isolate after a classmate tested positive for coronavirus.

The Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green, today revealed a Year 11 student has Covid-19. They and their close contacts will now be staying at home for up to 14 days.

It is the second confirmed case at the school as a non-teaching member of staff also tested positive last week.

Principal Darren Bishop wrote to families today to make them aware of the latest development.

In his letter, he said: “We can clarify that there appears to be no direct link between the student and the staff member who recently tested positive.

“The student in question is currently self-isolating. Working closely with Public Health England, we have identified the close contacts, such as friends, students sitting nearby according to seating plans, travel companions etc.

“They have also been asked to self-isolate at home, returning to school on September 22.

“All other students should attend as normal.

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“While these circumstances will cause concern for everyone in our community, we continue to work with Public Health England and ensure our measures are in place to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.”

The Excel Academy would not confirm how many students have been asked to stay at home.





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