Staff member at North Staffordshire school tests positive for coronavirus

A member of staff at a North Staffordshire school has tested positive for Covid-19 – just days after 100 students were sent home to self-isolate.

Parents  with children at The JCB Academy, in Rocester, were last night sent an email explaining an employee had developed on Sunday, September 6 and is now recovering at home.

The letter from newly-appointed principal Jenny McGuirk reads: “As part of our commitment to communicate with you directly on any coronavirus developments, I wanted to inform you that one member of academy staff has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The member of staff’s symptoms developed on Sunday and the individual is recovering well at home.

“Public Health England guidelines determine that anyone who came into contact with this member of staff in the preceding 48 hours needs to self-isolate.

“As the academy was closed on Friday, this latest development does not affect learners at all and no additional learners will need to self-isolate.

“It does mean that three members of staff who came into contact with the colleague on Friday will need to self-isolate.

“Their lessons will be covered in the customary way.”

The news comes less than a week after the site was forced to shut on Friday, September 4 for an investigation after a pupil gave a positive swab.

As a result, 100 students were asked to remain at home for two weeks.

Meanwhile, 20 JCB workers remain in self-isolation as a ‘precaution’ after a confirmed case of coronavirus at its Rocester HQ.

The employees were sent home from the Rocester site on Friday, August 28 when one of their colleagues tested positive for Covid-19.

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They are expected to be able to return this Friday (September 11).

The affected employee works within the shop-floor quality area of the Backhoe Loader Division.

The £22 million JCB Academy Рthe brainchild of Lord Bamford Рteaches 13 to 19-year-olds with a core focus on engineering.

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