LICKEY Hills Primary School has moved to clarify the situation surrounding reported ‘confirmed cases of COVID-19’ in two pupils at the school.
The Standard was contacted this morning by a concerned parent and pictures of an email sent out by the school were posted on social media saying two children had been confirmed as having the virus.
But after speaking with Public Health England and Worcestershire County Council it became apparent the family which contacted the school was self-isolating under new guidance following the result of an NHS assessment but had not been tested, therefore it was incorrect to say the cases had been confirmed.
The school is open as usual and will remain so unless directed to close.
Amanda Salisbury, headteacher at Lickey Hills Primary School said; “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the school.
“We are closely following the guidance of Public Health England and advising anyone showing the symptoms of Coronavirus to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
“We continue to put as many preventative measures in place as we can to keep our children and families safe. We are acting on the advice given by Public Health England and the Department for Education.”
The school has reiterated if children have a new dry cough and/or a high temperature or are in a household with someone showing those symptoms then they must self-isolate.
On the school’s website it added: “We advise that you continue to keep any children with symptoms and siblings at home for 14 days.
“If you collected your child from school today and there are NO symptoms in your household then please ensure they return to school tomorrow.
“We continue to put as many preventative measures in place as we can to keep our children and families safe and are using today as a further opportunity to deep clean.
“Please be reassured we are acting on the advice given by Public Health England and the Local Authority.”