Saddleworth the latest school to send pupils home following Covid diagnosis

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 14 September 2020

Saddleworth School is the latest in the Borough to order some pupils to isolate at home following a positive case of coronavirus.

Currently a number of schools and nurseries have been forced to act as coronavirus continues to cause problems in Oldham.

They include:

* St Martin's CE Primary - (one class)

* Yew Tree Community School, Chadderton - (class 4 red)

* Hey with Zion, Lees - (nursery)

* Whitegate End Primary and Nursery, Chadderton - (one Year 6 class)

* The Radclyffe School, Chadderton - (Year 10)

* St Matthew's CE Primary, Chadderton - (two Year 3 classes)

* Blue Coat School, Oldham (Year 10)

Oldham Academy North and Crompton House have also had to send pupils into isolation.

In a letter to parents and carers, Saddleworth School head Mike Anderson wrote: “Unfortunately, a student in Year 9 has tested positive for Covid-19.

"They attended school on Wednesday (September 9).

“I have taken guidance from Oldham’s Public Health Team and they have recommended that we close school to Year 9 until Thursday, September 24.

"This will be 14 days from when any contact could have taken place.

“This means that you will need to keep your child at home, and they must self-isolate for 14 days.

"Only they need to self-isolate, other members of their household do not need to self-isolate.

“It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and only well children attend school.

“If you or your child being to show symptoms you must follow the national guidance.

"For most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness."

Coronavirus woes continue as from today (Monday), people in England have been told they "must not meet socially in groups of more than six."

It is a new policy described by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the "rule of six" in an attempt to reduce the number of coronavirus infections, which have seen a sharp uptick.

At a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday last week, Mr Johnson said the new rules would be enforceable by law.

He said that the rules will "apply in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub."

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