THE first case of Covid-19 at an Isle of Wight school has been confirmed by Public Health England.

Cowes Primary School has now sent letters to all parents, issuing them with the information and advice.

It has not been confirmed whether the person testing positive was a pupil or member of staff.

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The school will remain open, with children advised to continue attending if they feel well and don't show symptoms of the virus.

A letter issued by headteacher, Stephanie Praetig, said: "We know that you may find this concerning but (we) are continuing to monitor the situation and working closely with Public Health England.

"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

"The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days."

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What to do if your child develops symptoms of Covid-19

If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19, they must not go to school and should remain at home for at least ten days from the date when symptoms appeared.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged HERE or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available HERE.


Isle of Wight Council statement; 

"I can confirm the school will remain open. The school is following the advice of Public Health England and has asked the other children in that class bubble, the teacher and teaching assistant to self-isolate for 14 days.

"We will be switching to remote learning so those children continue to receive their education.

"The Government has launched Hands. Face. Space, a new campaign that urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.

"The spread of coronavirus, particularly in enclosed spaces is shown in a new film, produced with experts in the field, which highlights the risk in simple, everyday interactions."