PUPILS from a second school in Taunton have been told to stay home and self isolate after a child tested positive for Covid-19.

Head teacher Gareth Jones has written to parents and carers to inform them of the confirmed case at Parkfield Primary School.

The case was diagnosed in a Year 6 pupil, resulting in the whole class was sent home.

In a letter to Year 6 parents and carers, Mr Jones said: "We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person. In line with the national guidance and following advice from Public Health England and the Local Authority we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until 22nd September 2020 (14 days after last contact).

"We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in our community.

"If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation, then they can return to school on 22nd September 2020.

"Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.

"There is no requirement for any other members of your household, including siblings to self-isolate."

In another letter to parents and carers of other year group children, Mr Jones says: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and the local authority.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

"We have informed the families of the year group where the single confirmed case has been detected and the children of the year group have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Due to the carefully considered structuring our school into year group bubbles and ensuring social distancing is maintained between them, the school remains open to the other year groups."

Mr Jones adds: "Providing your child is well and does not develop symptoms of Covid-19, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review."

He outlines what parents and carers should do if their child develops symptoms and also outlines methods of avoiding the virus.

The case comes after it emerged the whole Year 7 group at Bishop Fox's School were sent home to self isolate after a positive Covid-19 test.

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