Leeds school with 'suspected' case of coronavirus issues update after Covid-19 scare

A Leeds school where a child is suspected to have coronavirus has issued updated advice to parents.
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Westerton Primary Academy in Tingle alerted parents to a "confirmed" case of Covid-19 on Monday morning.

But information issued since implies that the child has in fact not been tested and is only "suspected" of having the disease.

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An message left on the school's answerphone on Tuesday said: "Our foundation stage nursery reception and nursery will remain closed for a deep clean, which will begin at 4pm on Monday, March 16.

Westerton Primary Academy, Tingley (Photo: Google).Westerton Primary Academy, Tingley (Photo: Google).
Westerton Primary Academy, Tingley (Photo: Google).

"This is in response to the illness of a pupil suspected of having Covid-19.

"Since children are not being fully tested by the NHS, the Academy has followed secured advice from Public Health and health and safety.

"We will continue to provide regular updates via text, email and voice message.

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"However, we can advise that self-isolation is only necessary if published symptoms are apparent."

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns said on Monday that she had spoken to the school and that the case was only "highly likely".

She said on Twitter: "I've spoken with Westerton Primary School to offer my help & support regarding the 'highly likely' coronavirus case of one of their Reception aged pupils.

"The school have explained the situation & I know the school are doing a fantastic job & doing everything possible including a deep clean."

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A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “As a council we take the confidentiality of information about children, families and staff very seriously.

"Consequently, we will not be providing information about individuals or commentary on their circumstances.

"Leeds City Council is working with the Government and Public Health England to follow national guidance and NHS advice for schools.

"This guidance currently advises that staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.

"Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.

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"This is a fast changing and evolving situation and we will continue to work closely with schools and liaise with Public Health England to ensure we follow advice, prevent the spread of the virus and take all the precautions necessary to protect those who are most vulnerable to this disease.”