Over 400 out of 15,200 Isle of Wight pupils are self isolating due to Covid-19

Put in context, 2.65 per cent of the population of Isle of Wight school-age children are self isolating after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

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More than 400 Isle of Wight school pupils are currently self-isolating after being in contact with a positive case of Covid-19.

A number of education settings on the Island, ranging from primary schools all the way through to colleges, have recorded Coronavirus cases in the ‘school community’ and put the necessary procedures in place, following guidance from Public Health England.

Ten positive test results in schools
A sudden spike in cases from Friday morning, has seen ten positive Covid test results found in schools across the Island.

Figures provided by the Isle of Wight Council show 403 pupils and 16 staff are currently self isolating.

Brading: 403 out of 15,200 children
Although, Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, explained that the number fluctuates daily as self-isolation periods come to an end and new cases occur.

He said:

“As a council, we have been notified of positive cases in schools and headteachers have worked with public health professionals to ensure the appropriate staff and children self-isolate from school.

“To put this into context, the Island has a school-age population of some 15,200 children.

“It should also be noted that, as well as positive cases in schools, track and trace may well have asked a number of children to self-isolate because they have been in contact with a positive case in the community, similarly for staff.”

This means only 2.65 per cent of school-age children on the Island are currently self-isolating.

When a case occurs in a school bubble, learning automatically switches to online so pupils can continue to learn at home.

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may be been made by OnTheWight. Ed

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Friday, 13th November, 2020 9:36am


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2 Comments on "Over 400 out of 15,200 Isle of Wight pupils are self isolating due to Covid-19"

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It’s not surprising at all that the numbers contracting Covid is escalating when thousands of school kids are incubating the virus and travelling across the island on a daily basis. It simply makes no sense locking down the adults just to be contaminated by the children. I’m afraid it should be all or nothing.

Angela Hewitt
What I find strange about the Gov’s Education policy is the belief that all children were born without brains. They HAVE to go to school or their life chances will be destroyed. Missing a few months of schooling when they are all equally affected will make no difference. Because dear MP’s you need to know that children do have brains. They have the ability to catch up… Read more »