Western Mail

‘Parents, don’t ask schools for informatio­n’


PARENTS are being asked not to contact their children’s schools to check if anyone at their school has coronaviru­s.

As more cases of Covid-19 were reported at schools in Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly yesterday head teachers in one county also raised concerns that parents are gathering at school gates without socially distancing.

Hundreds of pupils and some staff have been told to self-isolate across Wales after 30 cases were confirmed in schools as the second week of term got under way.

Head teachers in one county have raised concerns that parents are contacting schools asking them to confirm whether or not a member of the school has tested positive for coronaviru­s.

Powys County Council said it is not up to schools to give out that informatio­n.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Powys cabinet member for education and property, said: “We understand that some parents are anxious and want to protect their child but contacting a school asking for informatio­n about any individual in the current climate is inappropri­ate.

“It would not be up to head teachers to inform parents about any potential coronaviru­s case within their school.

“This would be down to the Test, Trace, Protect programme, which would trace the contacts of people who test positive to put a stop to the spread of coronaviru­s.”

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