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Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at John of Gaunt School

The John of Gaunt School is taking precautionary measures after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

The pupil is in Year 10, and while all precautionary and proper measures have been followed, the school will follow the advice from Public Health England, the Local Authority and Department for Education and ask all Year 10 pupils to self-isolate.


The John of Gaunt School received notification of the Positive COVID-19 test on Saturday 3 October. The last time the affected student attended school was Friday 25 September. In line with Government advice, students must now self-isolate up until and including Friday 9 October. This will be 14 days from any potential contact with the affected student.


Year 10 students will then return to school on Monday 12 October. The school will continue to remain open for all other students.


The school has already arranged for all pupils to continue their learning at home during this time.


The school has been working closely with Public Health England and Wiltshire Council to ensure high standards of hygiene are maintained and all the necessary measures are in place. The self-isolation of the pupils is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others.


Paul Skipp, Headteacher at John of Gaunt School, said: “We have written to all parents and carers to explain the situation. Whilst this is something we wished to avoid, we have planned and prepared for this eventuality. I am really grateful for parents' understanding and continued support as we know this will cause disruption for these families. The safety of everyone within our school community is the most important thing and we will continue to work with Wiltshire Council and Public Health England to ensure this is managed closely so that the rest of the school will continue as normal".


Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, said: “This precautionary action is very important so we can keep the risk of any transmission within the school community as low as possible. We’ll work with Public Health England to support the school so that their high standard of COVID-19 measures are maintained.  


“Anyone that is asked to self-isolate should follow the government guidance and stay at home; if they don’t have symptoms they do not need to get a test. However, if a member of their household has symptoms and takes a test then they should self-isolate.


“We ask that people regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings where appropriate – this is the best way to keep you and everyone safe as much as possible.”