All Year 10 students at Gillotts School have been asked to stay at home today (Monday) after a third student has tested positive for Covid.
The latest student took a lateral flow (LFD) test at home and has gone to have a PCR test in a test centre and is awaiting the result.
Headteacher Catharine Darnton sent a message to parents late last night saying, “It is too late in the evening for us to trace close contacts now and so all Year 10 should remain at home tomorrow and they will be educated remotely. Once we have completed the contact tracing tomorrow morning and taken advice from Public Health England, we will contact all Year 10 parents, and the parents of close contacts. Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the student and close contacts can return to school. We will contact parents again if the PCR test is negative.”
“We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.”
It has now been confirmed that Year 10 students will now return tomorrow (Tuesday) apart from those who have now been identified as close contacts.
The Government have said that are currently no plans in place to vaccine children at the moment.
All over 18 adults have now been invited to be vaccinated. The target by the government is too offer all adults the first vaccine by 19 July. In Oxfordshire 765,000 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
Tehmeena Ajmal, COVID operations director for Oxford Health NHS FT said, “We know that getting both doses is vital to maximising the positive impact of the vaccines so if you’re offered the chance to bring forward your second jab, please do so, and most importantly come forward for both appointments, and follow the tens of millions who have already got themselves this essential protection from COVID19.”
Ansaf Azhar, Director for Public Health at Oxfordshire County Council, said, “Here in Oxfordshire, the 16 – 29 year old age group is a particular focus for us now. I urge everyone in this age group, and others too, to remember the old mantra of hands, face, space and fresh air and that outdoors is far safer than indoors.”