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200 pupils self-isolating at large Ipswich school after positive Covid-19 case

PUBLISHED: 10:59 15 October 2020 | UPDATED: 08:42 16 October 2020

Copleston High School. Picture: CHALROTTE BOND

Copleston High School. Picture: CHALROTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Approximately 200 pupils at Ipswich’s Copleston High School have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution – after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust academy said the number, spread across five different year groups, represented “less than 10%” of the school – which has about 2,000 pupils.

Principal Andy Green said it made the decision to take a safety-first approach and ask the pupils to self-isolate because the member of staff had taught a number of different year groups when possibly infectious.

Mr Green explained that while students stay in ‘bubbles’ throughout the day, members of staff have no option but to move between bubbles - hence the need to ask students from different year groups to self-isolate.

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The self-isolating pupils will now stay at home for 14 days.

A spokesman from the school added: “We have put measures in place to limit the impact of a Covid case.

“We don’t have students mixing in large parts of the school, we don’t have them mixing at lunch and break.

“Schools will never be able to eradicate it until there is a vaccine.”

No other pupils are believed to have tested positive for the virus and the school, in Copleston Road, is carrying on as usual following the case.

The news comes as The Bridge School in Ipswich confirmed that 31 pupils are isolating for 14-days following a member of staff testing positive for coronavirus.


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