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16 Sep 2020

Latest school Covid-19 update

Further schools in Bristol have confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The schools are closely following Public Health England (PHE) guidance and have asked students and teaching staff who have come into close contact with anyone infected to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

The schools are:

  • Elmfield School for Deaf Children in the Southmead ward – 1 confirmed case, 19 students self-isolating
  • Compass Point Primary School in the Bedminster ward – 1 confirmed case – 29 children and 3 staff self-isolating
  • Clifton College in the Clifton ward – 1 confirmed case, 35 pupils self-isolating
  • Bristol Brunel Academy in the Eastville ward - 1 confirmed case, year 8 self-isolating

Bristol City Council is working with the schools and PHE to make sure that all students, families and school staff are supported.

Christina Gray, Bristol City Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Please be reassured that while this is disruptive for children at the affected schools, the number of cases is still a very small number compared to the thousands of children attending schools across the city. Well done to parents and teachers for acting swiftly as this helps stop the virus spreading to other children.  

“NHS Test and Trace continues to operate in the South West but there are currently significant demands on the system. If anyone is struggling to make an appointment and thinks they or their child has Covid-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and continue to try and book an appointment for a test. The symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and/or a loss of taste or smell.

“This week new rules came into place reducing the number of people that can meet inside and outside their home to groups of six. Most cases that have been confirmed in schools will be from children who have mixed with friends and family that they don’t live with. Therefore it’s really important we follow this new guidance, and also remember to regularly wash hands, cover our faces when needed, and stay 2m away from others.”

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (Covid-19). This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

When self-isolating:

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Who else has to self-isolate if someone in their household is self-isolating?

If you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, but you do not have symptoms, other people living with you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance.

If you do develop symptoms of Covid-19, you should arrange to have a test to see if you have Covid-19 – visit NHS.UK to arrange or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. If you live with other people, they will need to begin self-isolation at home while you wait for your test result. Follow the Stay at Home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed Covid-19.

Self-isolating at home for the 14-day period will help protect your family, friends and the NHS. Self-isolating at home in this way can also protect the most vulnerable in society, by reducing the chance of a second wave of Covid-19 in the wider community.