Several schools in London have had either staff or children test positive for coronavirus since returning for the new academic year.
It means many pupils and teachers are now self-isolating, as is Government protocol.
In some instances children went and got a test after feeling unwell, while others have returned positive tests despite not showing any symptoms at all.
Below are all the schools in London where a child or staff member tested positive for coronavirus, as reported by MyLondon.
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Heston Community School, Hounslow
Heston Community School said there had been a ‘confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school’.
The school has sent home one tutor group to self-isolate ‘as a precautionary measure’ but will remain open for everyone else.
In a letter on its website the school said: “Our cleaning team is undertaking a deep clean of the zone and the classrooms the group has been based in, as a further precautionary measure. The school remains open for all year groups.
“Providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review and will provide updates if required.”
Cranford Community College, Hounslow
Cranford Community College announced a ‘new female student’ had received a positive test.
The college has informed parents that the student was sent home on Friday, September 4 as she felt unwell and had a slight temperature, and that on Tuesday (September 8) she reported that she had tested positive.
A statement on the school’s website said: “She is only experiencing mild symptoms to date and we will remain in contact until she has completed her isolation and symptoms have cleared.
“The academy followed protocols and contacted Public Health England who assessed the risk after a forensic investigation of her movements and contacts on the part of the only day she was on site.”
27 students and two teachers who had been in contact with her have been told to self-isolate, and Public Health England has confirmed that all other staff and students can attend school safely.
Adamsrill Primary School, Sydenham
Pupils at a school in Sydenham were urged to stay at home after a coronavirus case was confirmed in Year 4.
On Wednesday (September 9), parents of pupils in Year 4 at Adamsrill Primary School received an email informing them of a positive Covid-19 test.
The email, seen by MyLondon on social media, was titled: “URGENT INFORMATION FOR YEAR 4 PARENT & CARER”
It then read: “We have been notified of a positive case of coronavirus which affects your child’s Year 4 bubble.
“We would ask you to keep your Year 4 child at home (on Thursday, September 10) to allow us to undertake a full risk assessment.
“Further details and instructions will follow once this has been completed.
“Many thanks for your understanding.
“Kind regards, Adamsrill Primary School.”
One parent of a child who used to go to the school said: “They want only Year 4 pupils to take time off!
“The whole school should be closed, if you know anyone that goes to this school let them know as this email was only sent to Year 4 pupils.”
A Lewisham Council spokesperson said: “We have been notified of a positive case of coronavirus at Adamsrill School.
“Working closely with Public Health authorities and following agreed protocols, the school has advised parents of Year 4 children to stay at home on Thursday whilst a full risk assessment is undertaken.”
Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery, Croydon
A confirmed coronavirus case at a Croydon primary school prompted deep cleaning with multiple staff self-isolating.
A staff member at Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery in South Croydon tested positive on Saturday (September 5) – a couple of days before pupils returned for the new academic year.
The infected person was at the school prior to becoming symptomatic on Thursday, September 3 for a staff training day ahead of children returning to class on Monday (September 7).
According to the co-headteachers the school has liaised with Public Health England and has been deep cleaned.
They said: “Our parents are fully aware of the positive case and have been very supportive.”
Staff members who were in “direct contact or proximity contact” with the infected person are self-isolating for 14 days.
Co-headteachers Suzanne Kelly and Rebecca Shelley told MyLondon: “The school has been deep cleaned, opened as planned on Monday to children and remains open.
“The safety of our staff and pupils is our top priority, and if any staff or child show any symptoms they are asked to isolate and to get a test in line with government guidance.”
A member of staff at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, told MyLondon they are “extremely worried and anxious” about the situation at the school.
They said they are “constantly washing hands and telling children to stay away”.
“It’s not teaching it’s babysitting,” they added.
St Michael’s Primary School, Wandsworth
A primary school in Wandsworth has told parents that pupils in both Year 2 and Year 4 have tested positive for coronavirus, and that other children are ‘displaying symptoms’.
St Michael’s Primary School, in Southfields, was informed on Tuesday (September 8) and an email was sent out to parents to make them “aware of the situation and implications it has”.
The email, which MyLondon has seen, said that children in the bubbles affected had been sent home and have to self-isolate for 14 days, and that they will only need to be tested if they become symptomatic.
It added: “The school will remain open for all other bubbles and we will ensure the additional cleaning measures continue.”
The school intends to resume online learning for the Year 2 and Year 4 pupils.
Headteacher Ann-Marie Grant said: “Whilst it was disappointing to shut bubbles so soon in the academic year, our robust procedures in dealing with coronavirus cases, as well as setting up our online learning platform, gives me confidence in how we have dealt with this incident and will deal with any incidents in the future.
“We have been comforted by how supportive the parent community has been.”
Her statement added that The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and Wandsworth Council have been kept fully informed of the situation and they are fully supportive of the school’s actions.
It comes after it was reported a “handful” of isolated cases of coronavirus have been reported in Wandsworth schools, according to a council statement issued on Wednesday (September 9).
It is not yet known how many schools have seen cases, or which schools are involved, other than St Michael’s Primary School.
The borough’s public health team is keeping “a close eye on the situation now that most of the borough’s school children have returned to the classroom.”
Councillor Melanie Hampton, cabinet member for adult social care and health, reassured parents that there was “no evidence of any outbreaks so far in our schools, and Covid-19 rates among this age group are stable.”
She added: “We would expect to hear of isolated cases and these are being swiftly dealt with.”
Bromley College, Bromley
Bromley College has been deep cleaned after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus – though students have been told to still attend.
London South East Colleges confirmed that the case was confirmed as a member of staff at its Bromley campus.
According to the college, no student has been affected by this development.
The college also added that extra measures have been brought in to ensure the safety of students.
A London South East Colleges spokesperson said: “We are working with Public Health England and following all guidance necessary to ensure the College environment is as safe as possible – including deep cleaning and self-isolation of staff who have come into close contact with the individual.”
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Despite the proven infection, the college is remaining open.
The spokesperson continued: “All the college sites remain open at this time and students and staff can continue to attend as normal, providing of course that they are not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.
“Public Health England is satisfied that the college is taking appropriate measures and together we are keeping the situation under close review.
“Social distancing is in force across our campuses, extra hand sanitising is in place and all staff/students are required to wear masks in communal areas.”
Red Hill Primary School, Bromley
A person at a school in Bromley tested positive for coronavirus during routine testing for the Government.
Red Hill Primary School, in Chislehurst, confirmed an individual at the school has coronavirus and that everyone who was considered a ‘close contact’ has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Headteacher Nicola Crockatt said: “We can confirm that an individual tested positive for Covid-19 last week. They were asymptomatic and the individual was undertaking routine testing as part of the National Office of Statistics.
“The school identified all close contacts of the individual who were asked to isolate for 14 days, and were advised to book a test if they began to show symptoms of Covid-19 themselves.
“Home education commenced immediately for the children who are now isolating. We look forward to welcoming them back to school once the isolation period is complete.”
It’s not clear at this stage if the individual was a teacher or a child.
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