Four more South Yorkshire schools confirm new Covid-19 cases today and students told to self isolate

Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at four more South Yorkshire schools today, as children are sent home to self isolate with the virus continuing to spread across the region.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 5:39 pm

Four new virus cases were confirmed today (Wednesday, September 23) across schools in South Yorkshire with Birley Academy, Bradfield School, Brinsworth Academy and Ridgewood School each verifying there had been another positive test within the grounds.

Year 10 students at The Birley Academy in Sheffield were asked to stay at home today, after headteacher Gina Newton wrote to parents yesterday to confirm that a pupil within the year group had contracted the virus.

The news comes after another member of the school community tested positive for coronavirus on September 10.

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Four more students tested positive for the virus in schools across South Yorkshire.

A third case of Covid-19 was also confirmed at Brinsworth Academy in Rotherham on Monday, after a Year 7 pupil contracted the virus and a small number of students who came into direct contact with the case were told to self isolate for 14 days.

According to parents, this is the academy’s third positive test in three days after two more students contracted the virus last week.

The school remains open to students from all other year groups and pupils who have not come into contact with the infected pupil.

Parents of pupils from the Bradfield School in Worrall also received a letter, which confirmed there had been a positive Covid-19 case within the school and a select number of pupils would need to self isolate for two weeks.

The secondary school did not confirm whether it was a student or a staff member who had tested positive.

A second positive coronavirus case was also confirmed at Ridgewood School in Doncaster today, in a letter sent to parents.

The secondary school verified that another Year 12 student had tested positive for Covid-19, following a case at the school last week.

All Year 12 students are already self-isolating at home following the confirmation of the first case last week and are due to return on September 29.

In a letter to parents, interim headteacher Jean Pickerill said: “The student has not been in school since Monday, September 14. Following advice from Public Health England, because Year 12 is already self isolating, we do not need to take any further action."

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