Two staff at Bury St Edmunds' King Edward VI School test positive for Covid-19
Two staff members of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmundshave tested positive for Covid-19, meaning more than 50 will need to self-isolate.
Suffolk County Council has said around 50 students and seven staff members, who have been in close contact with the two, will need to stay at home for 14 days.
Lee Walker, headteacher at King Edward VI School, said: “We are continuing to work very closely with Suffolk County Council and Public Health England, all of whom continue to advise us.
"The health, safety and well-being of our school community remains our number one priority.”
An 'incident management team' of school, council, and Public Health England representation has been formed to deal with the issue.
"This news may worry parents."
Stuart Keeble, director of public health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Understandably this news may worry parents.
"We want to reassure you that the risk of Covid-19 to children and transmission of it between children and staff is low.
"It is safe for children to be in school and incredibly important for their development and wellbeing.
“We will continue to offer our guidance to King Edward VI School and support them to protect students and staff to be at school safely.”
Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Deputy Director for Health Protection, Public Health England East, said: “We have worked with the school to identify any staff and students who need to self-isolate before returning to school.
"Using the bubble system in schools can help us do that quickly, efficiently and without causing disruption to the rest of the school.
"Our ultimate aim is to protect the staff and pupils of the school and prevent any further spread.”