Primary school sends kids home to self-isolate after dinner lady tests positive for Covid-19

Pupils at a Rotherham school have been sent home to self isolate after a dinner lady tested positive for Covid-19.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 8:02 am

The catering staff worker at Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, Bramley, tested positive for the virus last week and notified bosses.

Although there is a protective screen between staff and students in the dining hall, as a precaution all children who were served hot dinners at the school last week have been asked to remain at home and to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, Bramley, Rotherham

In a letter to parents and carers, the school’s acting head teacher, Mrs Robson, said: “I am extremely sorry to have to inform you that a member of the catering team, who prepare and serve meals in the dining hall, has tested positive for Covid-19.

“Whilst there is a plastic screen between the kitchen staff and the children, they are still considered as having had direct contact with the member of staff who has tested positive.

“For this reason and following Department for Education Covid advice, I need to ask all the children who had a hot meal on Thursday to self-isolate for 14 days.”

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Children will not be allowed to return to school until Friday, September 18.

They will be sent work home via email.

The school said it may be possible that all kitchen staff may have to self-isolate for 14 days. The decision is to be made today.

Last week there were positive Covid-19 cases at two Sheffield schools – Chaucer School in Parson Cross and Hillsborough Primary School in Hillsborough.

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