Devon school sends pupils home due to confirmed Covid case

One of Devon’s largest schools has sent a number of students home to isolate due to a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Exmouth Community College, which has more than 2,000 pupils, told parents on Wednesday that a student in Year 9 had returned a positive test.

Andrew Davis, principal, said in a letter to parents: “We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for Covid-19. We know that you and your family may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

“This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

“The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have been contacted during the day and will be receiving a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

Exmouth Community College
Exmouth Community College

“The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.”

Parents of children who had been in close contact with the confirmed case were told to attend and collect their children on Wednesday, observing coronavirus safety rules.

The school has not confirmed how many pupils have been told to isolate.

Devon Live