Devon school stays open after confirmed COVID-19 case

Cullompton Community College has remained open following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Public Health England South West and Devon County Council are working together with local NHS colleagues to support staff working at Cullompton Community College in Cullompton, following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.

Following advice from Public Health England, the school is remaining open and pupils and staff are using a separate part of the school whilst cleaning is carried out in the areas visited by this person.

The school is following the existing guidance for non-clinical settings advice, including social distancing and hygiene to limit spread. Additional measures are in place while the case is being managed and investigated.

All staff and pupils who are deemed to have been close contacts of the confirmed case have been notified and advised to self-isolate for 14-days. Contacts of the confirmed case should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14-days.

Chaamala Klinger, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England South West, said: “PHE South West is working closely with the school to provide public health advice to stop the virus spreading.

“Everyone should continue to follow social distancing advice to prevent the spread of the virus. Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives”.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and colleagues by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.”

“After we’ve spoken to the school initially we email out an information pack to support them. Which includes further advice on infection prevention control and what to do if they need additional support.”

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Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon and Chair of Devon’s multi agency COVID-19 Health Protection Board, said: “The wellbeing of our local communities is always our priority.

“Our schools fulfil a vital role in supporting key workers to do their jobs at this difficult time. They have made many modifications in order to comply with the latest guidelines in order that they can continue to function safely.

“We are supporting those affected and are continuing to review our processes to make schools as safe as possible for staff and pupils.”

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