Student at Haverhill sixth form tests positive for Covid-19
One student at Haverhill Community Sixth Form has tested positive for Covid-19, although it is believed that they contracted the virus outside of school.
The positive test has resulted in 15 Year 13 students being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Andy Hunter, the headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy, which shares the same Chalkstone Way site as the sixth form, informed parents and carers of students of the situation yesterday afternoon.
He said: "I am writing to let you know that we have been informed by the Suffolk Contact and Trace service of a case of Covid-19 in Year 13.
"They are confident that the student in question was exposed to the virus outside of school.
"We have examined all of the student in questions contacts in both lessons and social time.
"As a result, we have asked 15 students to self-isolate.
"All of those students and their parents have been informed.
"No staff are affected and no students in any other year groups are affected.
"Please be reassured that there is no need for any other student or parent to take any action at this time."
Four weeks ago Samuel Ward Academy had to close for two full days after eight learning support assistants tested positive for Covid-19.
The school had to ask 24 teaching staff in total to self-isolate for the mandatory 14 days, along with 130 students from Years 7 and 10.
Up until now no students at Samuel Ward Academy have tested positive for the virus.