Two year groups in one school self-isolating after multiple cases

Two year groups at a secondary school are self-isolating after a number of positive coronavirus cases were discovered.

Both years 10 and 12 at St Julians School in Newport are self-isolating after the positive cases were reported over the past few days. On Sunday, July 4 the school was notified of a second positive test result in year 12 meaning all students in the year must self-isolate until Monday, July 12. It came a day after a number of individual class groups in the year were told to isolate after an initial positive case was reported to the school.

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The school then confirmed on Tuesday, July 6 that a positive test result had been reported in year 10 following a lateral test the previous day. As a result, all students in year 10 must also isolate until Thursday July 15.

“We have, unfortunately, been notified this afternoon of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in year 10, following the PCR test undertaken yesterday,” the school said in a letter to parents and carers on Tuesday.

“In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Newport City Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, ie a year group, then all students in the year group must self-isolate. This means that students in year 10 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for ten days from the day the student started to show symptoms which was Monday, July 5.

“Year 10 will need to isolate until Thursday, July 15 and students should return to school on Friday, July 16.

“The school remains open to all other students.”

A number of schools in Newport have had recent positive cases of the virus in recent weeks. In Lliswerry High School all year 9 students are self-isolating until Friday July 9 after a positive PCR test by a student.

Year 10 students in Newport High School in Bettws were told to self-isolate after a positive lateral flow test was reported on Friday, July 2. The school later confirmed on Monday, July 5 that a subsequent PCR test was also positive, meaning those students cannot return to school until Monday, July 12.

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Other schools in Wales have also been affected. In Swansea, year 9 pupils as well as those who use the number 304 bus service to travel to Gowerton School were told to remain at home for ten days following a positive test on Saturday, July 3.

Most schools in Wales will finish their summer term on July 16.

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