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Three more schools in Thanet send pupils home to isolate after confirmed cases of Covid-19

Three schools have sent pupils home to self-isolate following confirmed cases of Covid-19.

A small number were recorded at Upton Juniors in Broadstairs, Chilton Primary in Ramsgate and Ramsgate Arts Primary (RAPS), which are run by the Viking Academy Trust.

Ramsgate Arts Primary School
Ramsgate Arts Primary School

At RAPS, Year 2 pupils have been advised to isolate after two children tested positive for Covid 19, and at Chilton one class in Year 2 and one class in Year 4 are learning from home after siblings, one in each class, tested positive.

At Upton, a positive case of a Year 6 pupil was confirmed over the weekend.

During half term week in October a female teaching assistant at Upton tested positive although children were on school holiday and were therefore not exposed to the staff member who is in the second week of 14-day isolation.

Children at the schools are now having structured home learning while they isolate.

Michaela Lewis, executive head teacher at Viking Academy Trust, stressed that all three schools are operating normally with strict health and safety guidelines in full operation.

Upton Junior School
Upton Junior School

She said: "We go over and above the advice given by Public Health England and the government - our entire school communities work together to ensure that education across our trust continues to thrive.

"Home learning has been in place across lockdown and teachers and children in isolation engage in purposeful learning opportunities and are actively connected to their school on a daily basis.

"Our health and safety measures are very tightly monitored. As soon as we are aware of any positive test our individual Heads of School and their teams engage our pre-prepared action plan immediately.

"I can reassure all our families that our Trust’s personal hygiene strategy remains first class and we reinforce messages about the importance of cleanliness and precautionary actions regularly.

"Any potential cases of Covid are dealt with professionally and promptly to safeguard our children and staff.

"The heads at each of the partner schools will keep families informed regularly regarding Covid 19 and with relevant learning development programmes for home education where necessary."

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