Pupils from North West school self isolating after positive coronavirus case

Pupils from a school in the North West are isolating after it was confirmed that one of the students had tested positive for coronavirus.

King David High School in Manchester reopened on Friday, August 28 to Sixth Form and Year 7 students only.

On the same evening that it reopened an older student started to feel unwell, and tested positive for Covid-19 two days later.

Three pupils – who had been within a two-metre distance to the student – are self-isolating for 14 days.

And those who were further than two-metres away have been tested and will be allowed back onto school premises if their results are negative, The Manchester Evening News reports.

The school in Crumpsall, Manchester has invested heavily in the safety measures.

Mask-wearing is compulsory for everyone, even throughout the lessons, and the school has installed thermal cameras, which allow them to scan 30 children a second for signs of a temperature.

In a letter to parents on Thursday morning, the school said: “We understand there are various rumours and concerns circulating and would just like to update you on the current situation at school.

“School reopened on Friday 28th August for Sixth Form students. One Sixth Former [student X] was in school on Friday and on Friday evening started to feel unwell and had a temperature. On Sunday 30th August, he tested positive for COVID. Clearly [and thankfully], the infection did not originate in school.

“Since then, we have been in touch with Public Health England and have taken the following steps: Fortunately, on that first day of term, student X attended only a tutorial and one class.

“In the tutorial the students were well spaced out. In the class, we identified the three students who were within 2 metres of student X [for a period of 15 minutes or more] and those students are now self-isolating for 14 days.

“Other students who were sat at a 2 metre distance from student X, were tested on Tuesday [1st September] and Wednesday [2nd September] and, if their results are negative, they will be allowed to return to school.

“The fact that all students are wearing masks significantly reduces the risk of transmission. Thankfully, we also have the Webcam system in every classroom so that the isolating students can follow all their lessons remotely.”

School chairman Joshua Roe told the M.E.N: “The affected boy began to feel unwell in the evening and it was over the weekend when he had a test and that came back positive.

“We’re lucky in the sense that it has happened early but it’s obviously something he’s come back to school with unknowingly.

“The mask wearing is a huge feature in reducing our risk, but because the government doesn’t recognise that as PPE – without the full regalia – then students are still required to self-isolate if they were within two metres.”

As well as the thermal cameras, school leaders have implemented a number of other measures to handle the pandemic. They include:

     

  • £6,000 on creating ‘cashless kitchens’ so money doesn’t have to change hands 
  • 53 hand sanitising pumps for £1,200 
  • Web cameras and microphones in every room so isolating pupils can follow classes from home for £7,600 
  • Floor markers and signs for £800
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For lunchtime sessions, children are being divided into sets of 100. They are sitting spaced out facing in one direction, with 15-minute allotted time slots to eat pre-prepared food.

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