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Year 6 at Dinas Powys school asked to self-isolate after coronavirus case

 

An entire year at a school in Dinas Powys has been asked to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.

The positive case at Dinas Powys primary school was confirmed by Test, Trace and Protect.

It means that all Year 6 pupils, as well as the teaching staff for that year group, will be off school for at least 14 days.

Pupils in other year groups will still be asked to come into school, which officials say has been deep cleaned.

The school, Vale of Glamorgan council, and Public Health Wales have drawn up a risk assessment of the case.

Council leader Neil Moore said: “It’s not unexpected that we were going to have some cases somewhere. But what I want to assure everybody is that everything is on hand.

“The particular group has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days, and that would clearly include anyone who has been in contact with them.

“Covid-19 hasn’t gone away. What people need to realise is you are not immune. If you’re not immune, then you can pass it on to someone else.

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“We are in constant contact with the school. If anybody has any queries, please phone our offices and we can give advice.”

Cllr Moore made the comments in a public meeting of the cabinet, on September 7.

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesman said: “The NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect system has confirmed one positive case of Covid-19 at Dinas Powys Primary School.

“The school and Council have been working closely with Public Health Wales to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment of the situation.

“As a consequence, staff and pupils in the respective year group have been asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The school will remain open to other year groups.

“In addition to social distancing and safety measures in place, a deep clean of the school has been carried out. Test Trace and Protect officers are also carrying out all necessary follow-on activity.”

The Covid-19 infection rate in the Vale of Glamorgan rose to 7.5 cases per 100,000 population last week, an increase of 1.5 from the week before.

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