A spokesperson for Holyrood Academy in Chard said: “Public Health England South West and Somerset County Council’s Public Health and Education teams are working together to support pupils, parents and staff following a second confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.
Close contacts of the second confirmed case, a Year 11, have been provided with public health advice and are self-isolating for the recommended 14 days.
Following discussions with PHE this involves a total of 27 pupils plus staff members, who now won’t return to school after half-term until Monday 9th November. This number is in addition to the 92 pupils who will return on Thursday 5th November, following an initial positive case in a year 7 student.
A comprehensive deep clean of the affected areas of the school is being undertaken.
School staff and parents have been provided with public health advice including what to do if someone becomes symptomatic.
Parents have been advised it is not necessary for any other member of the household to self-isolate unless they become symptomatic.
It is also not necessary to arrange for a test unless you are symptomatic.
Public Health England has provided the school with advice on infection prevention and control and staff will continue to reinforce these key messages:
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.”
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/