07/09/2020 - Permalink

Coronavirus: Joint Statement from Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Academy

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Shropshire Council are currently working with Shrewsbury Academy in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.

The individual has not been in any close or proximity contact with any students and had immediately self-isolated once they became symptomatic. The school has collated a movement history of the case and in conjunction with Public Health England, has identified 4 close contacts (staff members only) who are currently self-isolating for 14 days.

Shrewsbury Academy has acted expediently and taken all COVID-19-secure measures in line with both Government and Shropshire Council local guidelines.

Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health at Shropshire Council said;

“We want to reassure students and parents/carers that the risk of infection is very low.  Shrewsbury Academy has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure the school remains COVID-19-safe and secure.

“To date, there has only have one confirmed incident and no other close contacts have reported any symptoms. Anyone who is symptomatic will be offered immediate testing.

“We are not addressing this as an outbreak at this moment in time, but we’ll remain in close contact with the academy, should the situation change.

“Protecting the health of our population remains a priority, and at this time we would also like to remind everyone to follow social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with other people.

“Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

“If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, for example if you have been contacted as part of the test and trace programme, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.”

Julie Johnson, Headteacher at Shrewsbury Academy added;

“It is unfortunate that we have had a positive case at Shrewsbury Academy within our staff team. The member of staff has had no contact with any of our students so the risk to any of our students is extremely low.

“As you will be aware schools are required to put in place thorough and strict rules and guidance both around their daily provision and outside of school, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and school community.

“Thank you to all of our school community for supporting us with adherence to our guidance.

“Even with these measures in place there still is a small risk of the virus spreading.

“We will provide further information today, but ask you to please leave your child in school as we have assessed any risk and have determined, in conjunction with the relevant authorities that it is safe to do so. Please be reassured our guidance remains in place and the risk to our school community is low.

“Thank you for your continued support.”

If you have any queries or concerns, call Shropshire Council’s Education Line on 0345 678 9008

The support line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Press 5 for back to school enquiries.