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95 children self-isolating after coronavirus cases at Ipswich primary school

PUBLISHED: 12:42 19 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:07 21 October 2020

One staff member and a pupil have tested positive for Covid-19 at Whitehouse Primary School, in Ipswich. Picture; IPSWICH SOCIETY

One staff member and a pupil have tested positive for Covid-19 at Whitehouse Primary School, in Ipswich. Picture; IPSWICH SOCIETY

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A staff member and a student at Whitehouse Community Primary School have tested positive for Covid-19, with nearly 100 children sent home to self-isolate.

95 students are currently self-isolating following the two positive cases of coronavirus at the school in Marlow Road.

A spokesman for the school said: “One member of staff and one student have tested positive for Covid-19 and we are following all the guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Education.

“We were made aware of the first case on Tuesday, October 13 and closed the class involved.

“We found out about the second on Sunday evening and closed three other classes. 95 students in total are now self-isolating.”

At the school’s last Ofsted inspection in 2019 – where it received a ‘Good’ rating – there were a total of 594 pupils on the school roll.

The school asks all parents to wear face coverings on the site and staff are encouraged to wear face shields when meeting with parents in the playground at the end of the school day.

A deep-clean is taking place at the school and the majority of students will not return until after the October half-term.

One class bubble is due to return on Friday.

MORE: See the latest coronavirus infection rates for your area

The positive cases come a few days after a student tested positive at Chantry Academy.

A total of 29 students are now self-isolating following the confirmed case.

A number of schools across Suffolk have been forced to send children home due to virus cases within the school communities.

MORE: 29 students self-isolating at Chantry Academy after pupil tests positive for coronavirus


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