‘No risk’ to young­sters af­ter pos­i­tive Covid test at col­lege

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY

ASCHOOL worker tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 and five more were told to self iso­late - but the head­teacher says “no child is at risk”.

Par­ents of pupils at Our Lady’s Queen of Peace Col­lege in Skelmers­dale re­ceived an email from head­teacher Ali­son Knight ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion last week.

Part of the email reads: “I have been in­formed that yes­ter­day a mem­ber of staff un­for­tu­nately tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

“We have been in im­me­di­ate con­tact with Pub­lic Health North West and are fol­low­ing their ad­vice to the let­ter.

“As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure I have asked a fur­ther five mem­bers of staff to self iso­late for 14 days.

“No child or any other staff mem­ber is at risk be­cause of the thor­ough safety mea­sures we have put in place. “

Dozens of schools across the UK have been hit with coron­avirus cases as pupils re­turned to the class­room for the first time since March.

Some schools have closed their doors just days af­ter re­open­ing while oth­ers have told whole classes and year groups to self­iso­late for two weeks fol­low­ing con­firmed cases of Covid-19.

Ali­son Knight said: “We have been ad­vised of a pos­i­tive case and fol­low­ing our pro­ce­dures a small num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als who may have been in close con­tact have been asked to iso­late.

“We have a very de­tailed risk as­sess­ment in place for just this sort of in­ci­dent and are fol­low­ing our plans care­fully.

“Par­ents have been kept fully in­formed.”

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Our Lady Queen of Peace Col­lege, Glen­burn Road, Skelmers­dale

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