Confirmed case of Covid-19 at Rye secondary school

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A small number of students at Rye College have been sent home after a person within the school tested positive for Covid-19.

Rye College confirmed the news to parents on Tuesday (September 29).

The secondary school, in The Grove, Rye, said the parents of a small number of students who had close contact with the confirmed case have been contacted, and advised their child needs to self isolate.

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A spokesman for the school said: “Rye College can confirm we have had a positive case of coronavirus. We understand this will be immensely frustrating for our students, families and wider community especially so early in the academic year.

“Be assured we have taken all necessary steps to minimise the risk to others. Leaders are working with Public Health England to monitor the situation. We are committed to providing education in the safest way possible and will continue to follow the latest government guidance.

“Rye College thanks everyone for their continued support.”

In a letter addressed to parents, the school added: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England, the Aquinas Trust and the Local Authority and wanted to reassure you about the additional steps we are now taking to make sure our community remains safe.

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“The parents of the small number of students who have been in close contact with the confirmed case have been contacted by phone so if you have not received a phone call, your child can continue to attend as normal. The school remains open for all other students and providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school. We will keep this under review and contact you immediately if this changes.

“None of the individuals have been on the premises while experiencing symptoms, but we will continue cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects across the school to help prevent any viruses spreading in line with government guidance.

“In line with government guidance and due to the arrangements we have in place, including restricting contact between different classes and year groups and recording seating plans for all lessons, we have been able to limit the number of students needing to self-isolate, and there is no need for parents or students that have not been contacted to self-isolate or to be unduly concerned.”