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Class at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard instructed to self-isolate after pupil tests positive for coronavirus

A class of 32 students from Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard have been told to stay at home for two weeks after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.

While in self-isolation, the school will provide affected pupils with daily online learning resources.

Headteacher Wayne Lloyd said: “In line with government guidance, we have now asked children in one class to isolate for a period of 14 days. In total, this applies to 32 students.

Headmaster at Thomas Gainsborough School, Wayne Lloyd, outside the school. (42406670)
Headmaster at Thomas Gainsborough School, Wayne Lloyd, outside the school. (42406670)

“We have been in contact with Public Health England and have been in communication with parents of the students affected by this.

Mr Lloyd added: “We have learned a lot in the last few months about providing remote learning and already have an online learning package to support all our children while they learn from home.”

Parents whose children are not among the class of 32 pupils in self-isolation have been advised to continue sending their children to school if they remain well.

In a letter sent to parents, which has been seen by the Free Press, Mr Lloyd said: “We know that you may find this concerning, but 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 will be a mild illness.”

The students currently in isolation are expected to return to school on October 5, providing they do not display any symptoms.

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