Many countries have eased their lockdown and schools are reopening as a part of it. There is a high risk of transmission of coronavirus in children at schools. Hence, school administrations are taking enough precautionary measures to minimize the spread of the virus.
Recently, two children tested coronavirus positive at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Bradford. Most of the primary schools opened for some of the students after lockdown. However, the children of key workers attended the school even during the lockdown.
The two children tested coronavirus positive are siblings. The primary school wrote a letter to their parents advising them o self-isolate. The parents might have contracted the virus as well.
On Wednesday, the headteacher at the school, Cath Palmer wrote a letter to their parents. She reassured them that both of the siblings have fully recovered from the infection.
She also told them that all the procedures in their treatment and recovery are followed.
It was stated in the letter that the school was informed about the children on 1st June. Both of the children attended school recently. They came from the same house and their coronavirus test came positive during the weekend.
The school has followed all the procedures in response to the virus. It was in contact with the Department of Education and Public Health England over the matter. The administration has informed all the staff members and parents about the coronavirus in children. It has also advised to self isolate themselves in case they contracted the infection.
In addition to this, the school was also cleaned additionally on Monday and Tuesday. They are taking extra precautions for the safety of children.
Mrs. Palmer also said that the school remains open for key workers as well as children. The school remained open during the 11 weeks of lockdown. The headteacher also informed the parents that the school is continuously in contact with Public Health England.
She informed the parents that the school worked closely with Public Health England. They also made sure that all the necessary procedures are followed in these crucial times. They were also guided during this time to prevent coronavirus in children.
The Bradford Council released a statement by Mrs. Palmer. She confirmed in her statement that she contacted the children’s parents as advised by the Public Health England and informed them about the situation of coronavirus in children.
Ralph Berry is a local councilor and represents Wibsey. He said that this case shows us the crisis is not over yet and we have to be careful during this time. He also urged to follow the guidelines of Director of Public Health in Bradford.
He said that we need to be seriously careful about this outbreak and maintain social distancing regularly. Berry pointed out that the message of the Government during this time is unclear.
The school will reopen for children of key workers and the vulnerable children from June 8.
This case of coronavirus in children is alarming for parents. Although the siblings have recovered, there always remains a risk of infection among children. The precautionary guidelines are essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus.