Students taken home after Covid case reported at Melton school

Parents and carers of some pupils at Melton’s Birch Wood Area Special School were this morning (Friday) asked to collect them following confirmation that an individual there has tested positive for coronavirus.

By Nick Rennie
Friday, 13th November 2020, 9:26 am
Updated Friday, 13th November 2020, 1:09 pm
The sign outside Birch Wood Area Special School at Melton EMN-201113-092335001
The sign outside Birch Wood Area Special School at Melton EMN-201113-092335001

The school sent out an urgent message via social media after the Covid case was reported for someone in the Year 7 bubble on the Birch Wood Vale campus.

Birch Wood has now confirmed that all 23 affected pupils were safely home by 9.30am thanks, in part, to support from the local authority transport service.

The school said in a statement: “All students will be getting acces to high quality remote learning during their period of self-isolation.

“We will stay in contact with families and support them in any way we can.”

The message sent out by Birch Wood this morning read: “This impacts form groups 7LC and 7DP only, who will need to stay at home.

“We have sent a text message via our school comms and staff are currently calling Year 7 families at Birch Wood Vale to ensure all involved are fully aware.

“Due to the timing of the test result we are aware that some children and families may not get this message before they leave.

“In this instance we will need to send the children home again or ask them to be collected.

“They will be cared for safely until someone can collect them.”

The school adds: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause families and thank you in advance for your support in managing the situation.

“We will be in touch with further information later today about the duration of their self-isolation.”