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Bourne Academy confirms three pupils have tested positive for Covid-19 but school stays open

Bourne Academy has today (Friday, October 16) confirmed that three pupils have tested positive for Covid-19.

Two Year 9 pupils and one Year 12 pupil tested positive and the school was made aware yesterday. The school remains open but some Year 9 pupils and 10 Year 12 pupils are self-isolating as a precaution.

Executive headteacher Lucy Conley, who also oversees Spalding Academy, said: "The young people concerned are either showing no symptoms or very mild symptoms and were all tested as a result of there being positive test results within the family.

Bourne Academy(30611561)
Bourne Academy(30611561)

"Obviously, our main priority was to to go through our robust Covid-19 procedure and systems to make sure that we promptly isolated any student who we deemed had been in contact with these cases, as directed by Public Health England and communicated effectively with our parents and staff. We have followed the clear advice from the Department for Educational and Public Health England.

"I am very pleased with our response, the team of staff that have been set up to deal with any such situation in school were extremely efficient and had isolated all students within one hour. The environment was calm and supportive for all students, with our parents being highly supportive too.

"I can confirm that my positive view of how we organised and dealt with this situation today is echoed and supported by feedback from the public health practitioner, who commented that they have been very impressed by our handling of these cases.

"Our main concern has always been for the safety of our students; staff and our families and we have always followed the Department for Education and Public Health England advice.

"The children who we deem have been in close contact with the individuals confirmed as positive have received a letter informing them that they must stay at home for 14 days.

"Please note that Bourne Academy remains open and all children have been informed they need to continue to attend as normal if they remain well."

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