The Oasis Academy John Williams in Hengrove is closed to all Year 7 students after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Two pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary School have also tested positive and there is a confirmed case at Kings’ Forest Primary School in Kingswood.
The Oasis Academy John Williams remains open to students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 and parents of pupils in those years are advised that providing their child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal.
Principal Victoria Boomer-Clark told parents: “As you know, we have put extensive measures in place to ensure that our students and staff are as safe as possible as we have welcomed our young people back to school.
“This is an isolated individual case in the Year 7 bubble, so please don’t be alarmed, but it is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant, both in school and in the wider community.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.”
The children in the Year 7 bubble must self-isolate until Monday 21st September and should return to school on Tuesday 22nd September, providing they are symptom-free.
Today South Gloucestershire Council said it is working closely with Public Health England South West to support staff working at Kings’ Forest Primary School following a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 1.
Following advice from Public Health England and the school’s own risk assessment, the class bubble affected has been told to self-isolate for 14 days. The parents/carers of 27 pupils in the Year 1 class group have been informed that their child must be kept home and to isolate for two weeks as a precautionary measure as they are deemed to have been in close contact with the confirmed case.
The rest of the school is remaining open and extra cleaning is being carried out.
Mike Wade, Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England South West, has advised that testing for those children isolating is only required if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
Sara Blackmore, Director of Public Health at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The school had good infection control procedures in place which will have helped minimise any potential spread but this should be a reminder to all that COVID-19 has not gone away and it is everyone’s responsibility to do the right thing: keep your distance from others, wear a face covering, unless you are exempt, in all shops, indoor venues and on public transport, and wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds.”
Ross Newman, executive headteacher of the Forest Hill Partnership of Kings’ Forest Primary School and Staple Hill Primary Schools, said: “Although we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we are pleased that the child is not feeling unwell. I would like to thank parents and children for their support and understanding in this challenging and disruptive time.”
Meanwhile at Two Mile Hill Primary on the Kingsway, headteacher Owen Knowles yesterday wrote to parents to say that two children in the school community have tested positive for COVID 19.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and Bristol City Council.”
Children who are in the same bubble as the students with the confirmed cases must stay at home until Monday 21st September.
The rest of the school remains open and, providing they remain well, children can for now continue to attend as normal.