More than a hundred students are self-isolating at an academy in Kingswood after four covid cases.
The cases have been identified in recent days at John Cabot Academy and, as a result, 60 students in Year 7, 25 pupils in Year 10 and around 40 in Year 8 are self-isolating.
The news comes as, according to the latest council data, a rising number of schools in the city are dealing with cases of Covid-19.
John Cabot Academy has now issued the following statement about the cases at the academy: “Over the last few days we have become aware of four positive cases at John Cabot Academy, including a positive case that we became aware of just before the start of school on Monday.
“We informed parents and carers, of Year 10 students, of this case as soon as was possible by text and email. A few students who had already arrived or were en route to the academy were supported to return home around 9.30am.
“In line national guidance and Public Health advice we identified around 20 students who would be considered as close contacts and these students were notified later in the day.
“All other students from that year group returned to the academy on Tuesday.”
The statement continued: “There has also been a further case in Year 10 and 2 other positive cases, including one in Year 8 today. We have identified a small number of close contacts linked to these positive cases.
“Presently we have 60 students in Year 7, 25 students in Year 10 and around 40 in Year 8 who have been identified as close contacts and who are self-isolating.
“We are not aware if the cases are the Delta variant.”
A parent – who wished to remain anonymous – praised the school for their handling of the cases.
She said: “Despite the inconvenience of having a child at home for the day, the school were super efficient in keeping parents informed and followed all guidelines.”
John Cabot Academy’s Principal Kate Willis added that, throughout the pandemic and going forward, they have been supporting students to learn at home.
She said: “The Academy has and will continue to rigorously enact the control measures advised in line with national and Public Health guidance to keep everyone in the academy and local community as safe as possible.
“We appreciate and would like to thank our families for their ongoing support.”
Other schools in the area to have identified covid cases in recent days include Downend School in South Gloucestershire.
The secondary school near Bristol instructed Years 7, 8, 9 and 12 to stay home for remote learning this week after more than 30 cases of coronavirus were identified.