Filey school closure: Assurance to parents after member of staff tests positive for Covid-19

North Yorkshire's Director of Public Health has sought to reassure parents after a Filey school had to shut to some pupils because of coronavirus.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 1:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 1:12 pm

Children in Year 4 of Filey Junior School were asked not to come in on Monday after a member of staff tested positive for the disease.

North Yorkshire County Council says the school, in consultation with the authority and Public Health England, has taken action by asking any potential close contacts of the case to isolate for 14 days.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “It is important to note that this is not an outbreak but one positive case.

Filey Junior School. Photo: Google

“We expect from time to time there will be positive cases affecting teachers, parents or pupils. This may be reflective of the background increase in cases across North Yorkshire.

"We will work with each school individually to determine the best approach to take depending on the circumstances.

“We urge anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 – a new, persistent cough, and, or high temperature, and, or, a change or loss in the sense of smell or taste – to self-isolate and book a test.

“Please note that where there are positive cases in a school, families will be contacted if their child is a close contact and needs to self-isolate.

“If you haven’t been contacted by the school, then your child is not a contact of the person who has tested positive and can continue attending school as normal.”