Published: 10:37, 21 September 2020
| Updated: 10:57, 21 September 2020
A Year 2 child has tested positive for Covid-19 prompting their year group to be told not to attend class.
Charlton Church of England Primary School in Dover has instructed all of its Year 2 pupils to self isolate for 14 days following the case which was confirmed on Thursday.
It affects 27 children, aged six and seven, and four members of staff, who have were in the same 'bubble'.
They will be sent work to complete remotely until they can return to school on Friday, October 2.
All other years remain unaffected and the school has stressed it is otherwise open as normal.
In a statement, headteacher Fiona Milne said: “I can confirm that on Thursday, September 17 we were informed by one of our parents that their child had tested positive for Covid-19.
"My staff and I followed Public Health England (PHE) guidance and I liaised with the local PHE Health Protection Team to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone within the school community.
'I can confidently assure them that making our school a safe place for everyone is our highest priority...'
“I have now informed the parents and carers of the 27 children in the child’s class bubble that they, along with the four members of staff within that bubble, will now need to self-isolate for 14 days.
"Children will receive home learning from the school from tomorrow and will return to school full time on Friday, October 2.
"I would like to thank the pupils, parents, carers and staff affected for their cooperation and understanding.
“The rest of the school remains open, with staff and pupils continuing to follow PHE guidance in terms of social distancing, handwashing and cleaning to minimise the spread of the virus and ensure pupils and staff can continue to learn and work in a safe environment.
"I understand that our school families may be concerned to hear that one of our pupils has tested positive for the virus, but I hope that they will be reassured by our swift and careful response.
"I can confidently assure them that making our school a safe place for everyone is our highest priority and we continue to follow all government guidance and public health advice.”