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Yerbury Primary parent with coronavirus had not been at school for ‘around a month’

The headteacher of the Archway school confirmed the school would remain open on Public Health England's advice

09 March, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Yerbury Primary School on Foxton Road

A PARENT of a Yerbury Primary School pupil has tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19), with the school moving to reassure parents the patient had not been in school grounds for around a month.

Yerbury headteacher Cassie Moss broke the news in an email to parents on Thursday last week and confirmed the Archway school would remain open on the advice of Public Health England.

Her message read: “A parent in the school community has tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) and is in self-isolation along with their family. We have spoken to the parent and want to reassure you that they are currently experiencing mild symptoms and are well in themselves.

“The parent has not been in the school, or playground, for around a month. The rest of the family currently present with no symptoms.
“We continue to follow all Public Health England guidance. We have been told to continue to maintain high standards of hygiene and to carry on as normal. We have been advised to stay open and will continue to take advice.

“If any child at school presents with a cough and a high temperature [38°C and above] then we will keep the child somewhere safe and away from other people until they can be collected and we will ask the parent or carer to call 111 for further advice. We ask that if any children are unwell and present with those symptoms at home, that you do not send them to school and call 111.”

An Islington Council spokesperson said: “A parent in the Yerbury School community has tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19), and is in self-isolation along with their family.

“The school has been given PHE (Public Health England) advice, and has been advised to continue to maintain high standards of hygiene and to carry on as normal.

“The school has been advised to stay open and continues to follow all PHE guidance.

 “The headteacher and staff are working closely with families and pupils to make sure they receive appropriate advice, guidance and support.”

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