COVID-19 closes Keynsham sixth form

Pupils in the sixth form at Wellsway School in Keynsham have been told to self-isolate after a single confirmed case of COVID-19.

Tonight the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, which runs the school, sent a letter home to parents advising them of the situation.

School principal Matthew Woodville and Andrea Arlidge, who is chief executive of the trust, said: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Wellsway School.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

“As a result, children in Years 12 and 13 have been asked to self-isolate until 27th October. The school remains open for all other children and, providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review. Siblings or contacts of children in Years 12 and 13 do not need to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves or have been in close contact with someone who develops symptoms.

“If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all-clear. You should contact school to let us know your child is being tested and then let us know the result of the test as soon as you receive it.”