Pupil at Broadstairs school self isolating after parent contracts COVID-19

A pupil attending an in-school provision programme has been forced to self isolate after a parent tested positive for coronavirus.

The Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs is closed to most pupils, but remains open to the children of key workers.

Head teacher Wayne Smith said it was a child’s non-resident parent that had confirmed the diagnosis after being tested in hospital.

It has also been confirmed that the child did see this parent when they had started displaying symptoms of the virus.

This was when the full compliment of students, of which there are more than 1,000, would have been at the Broadstairs Road site.

The pupil will now spend the next 14 days in self isolation.

Mr Smith assured parents that the classrooms had been ‘deep cleansed’ for the in-school provision children to continue attending.

In a letter sent to parents, Headteacher Mr Smith said: “We have confirmed with the non-resident parent that the test was conducted in hospital and was a positive test.

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“The pupil had not seen the non-resident parent since last Tuesday but the parent was showing symptoms at that stage.

“We have deep cleansed the areas that have been used by our in-school provision.

“It’s a timely reminder to remain vigilant to symptoms within your family and take appropriate action.”

The letter added that every pupil attending school is having their temperature taken, maintaining the two metre self distancing and washing their hands regularly.

Light switches and door handles are being sanitised every hour, Mr Smith said.

“We recognise however that last week, with a full school, we relied on pupils to take necessary precautions themselves,” he added.

Coronavirus advice

The NHS advises people to stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

The two main symptoms are either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
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Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the online 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you have any important information about coronavirus to share, please email kentlivenewsdesk@reachplc.com.


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