Published: 11:00, 25 September 2020
| Updated: 14:04, 25 September 2020
A grammar school has sent an entire year group home following a confirmed case of coronavirus.
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls, Dartford , made the decision yesterday after a pupil in Year 11 tested positive.
Nearly 150 pupils and four staff members have been told to self-isolate in line with guidance issued by Public Health England.
Head Teacher Michelle Lawson said: “Unfortunately, we have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school community.
"Having followed Public Health England guidance, 147 pupils in our Year 11 bubble and four members of staff are now self-isolated at home until October 2.
"Remote learning began immediately and staff will support students with this. I would like to thank our students, parents and carers and staff for their ongoing support and hard work at this time."
The rest of the school remains open with staff and students continuing to follow social distancing and handwashing guidance with cleaning in place to minimise the spread of the virus.
In a letter addressed to parents the head teacher confirmed the student in question had not been in school since last week prior to showing symptoms.
She added: "As a precaution we have been advised by Public Health England that your child should self–isolate for the next 14 days."
"Other members of your household do not need to self–isolate at the present time unless your child develops Covid–19 like symptoms."
Last week, Year 10 pupils at Wilmington Academy were told to self-isolate after a pupil there tested positive.
More than 30 schools across the county have reported Covid-19 incidents since term began at the start of September.