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Thurston Community College implements additional Covid-19 measures to help prevent further outbreak of cases



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A Suffolk school has brought in stricter Covid-19 measures with immediate effect after a spike in the number of cases among pupils and staff.

Over the weekend, Thurston Community College saw a 'significant rise' in the number of positive cases in the school.

A statement published on Facebook states that although the majority of cases are in Year 11, additional measures will be brought in to help prevent a major outbreak, following discussions with Public Health Suffolk and the Suffolk Covid team.

The school has seen a spike in cases.
The school has seen a spike in cases.

As part of the new measures, all staff and students will be expected to wear a face covering, including in classrooms and social places, while students and staff will also be expected to limit their movement around the classroom and sanitise their hands on entry.

Any student who is classed as clinically vulnerable has been given permission to work from home by the school.

Pupils who are feeling unwell should remain at home and arrange for a PCR test, and they should also take a test if they live with someone who has tested positive.

The additional measures will be in place for the next two weeks. Picture by Mark Westley.
The additional measures will be in place for the next two weeks. Picture by Mark Westley.

Virtual assemblies will now be implemented, and after school enrichment will be offered on a year group basis.

The measures will remain in place for a total for a total of two weeks, until the half term holiday.

Due to just three positive cases, the rules will not apply to the Beyton Sixth Campus. However, staff who travel between both sites will continue to wear masks.

In a letter sent to parents, the school said: "In addition, we have asked that a team from Public Health Suffolk carry out PCR testing across the whole school. This will enable us to identify any asymptomatic cases amongst staff and students."

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