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Bristol school fully closes as Covid case confirmed

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A St Anne’s Park school will be closed for a week due to a coronavirus case.

The Kingfisher School, on Lichfield Road, did not open today (June 15). In a letter to parents, the school confirmed there had been one case of Covid-19 “within the school building”.

The letter from the mixed primary, which has capacity for 240 pupils, reads: “We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

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“We have been advised that the building will close until June 21 with children returning to school on June 22.”

The letter advises parents that children who develop symptoms of coronavirus must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date the symptoms appear. Other household members who remain well must also remain home for 10 days.

There are 25 schools or early-years settings with at least one coronavirus case among children or staff, according to Bristol City Council’s latest figures, which go up to June 9.

One of the schools to record a recent outbreak was Oasis Academy Marksbury Road in Bedminster, which had to close down two days before half term as a precaution.

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According to a letter sent to parents last week, the “surge” in cases was understood to be linked to the Delta coronavirus variant.

Last week the council shared new guidance with schools following a “greater number of covid cases in schools, particularly primary”.

Children reporting any symptoms – a headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change of smell or taste – have been asked to self-isolate immediately and arrange a test.

Families are also being encouraged to continue regularly testing themselves at home using the rapid lateral flow kits available to order for free.

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