Students asked to self-isolate following positive COVID test

Students at a Devon secondary school have been told to self-isolate following a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

An email was sent to some parents of pupils at Pilton Community College in Barnstaple.

The email confirmed a positive case within the school and was sent to parents whose children came into contact with the infected child.

It read: “Advice for child to self-isolate for 14 days from October 16.

“We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

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“The student has not been in school this week and only received confirmation today. The student first had symptoms on Sunday October 18 and was therefore infectious on Friday October 16.

“We have followed national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the infected child. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate.

“We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.

“If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation they can return to normal activities. This period will end of October 30.

“Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.”

It is not clear what year group the infected child is in.

Devon Live