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Berkshire coronavirus: reading the pupil in self-isolation

A student in a reading school is in isolation from himself after traveling to a coronavirus hotspot.

Highley School and Sixth Form Center student from Surley Row, Emmer Green, returned to school after a half-time trip to Northern Italy, which is in the Category One region, but has now been sent away.

A school statement states that the child did not exhibit any potentially deadly virus symptoms, but was now self-isolating as a precaution.

The statement, released on Friday February 28, states that health professionals would be in charge of testing in Reading, Berkshire.

Three schools in Berkshire are currently closed after a staff member from Woodley’s Willow Bank School was the first person to be diagnosed in Berkshire.

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As a result, the Duffield Road school and the nearby Willow Bank Junior School are both closed.

Aldryngton primary school on Silverdale Road in Earley is also closed for deep cleaning on Monday 2 March.

Another staff member of Woodley’s Bulmershe School self-insulated as a precaution.

A statement from the Highdown School head of school, Rachel Cave, said: “We were informed of a family who traveled to northern Italy (in the category 1 region) and returned after half a semester.

“There are no symptoms of illness but they are now taking the appropriate measures that came to school earlier in the week.

“They are now self-insulating as a precaution and have contacted healthcare professionals to organize the tests.

“The school immediately contacted Public Health England and it was confirmed that no further action is needed according to the advice already published and distributed to our families.

“However, the family of a student who is vulnerable in terms of health wants to isolate themselves until we have confirmed (hopefully) negative results, so this is the decision of the individual family to take and authorize the absence.

“I would like to point out that we are constantly updating Public Health England information.

“Please, we can emphasize that it is essential that any affected family contact us so that we can make the right decisions in consultation with healthcare professionals.”


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