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Stansted's St Mary's C of E Primary followed correct guidance after pupil tested positive for Covid-19




The co-chair of governors at St Mary's C of E Primary this week reassured parents that the school had followed correct procedures after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Parents had raised concerns that the child's class bubble had not been sent home. Mum Keli Ferrier Mardell, who messaged the Indie, said she had pulled her child from school "furious that it isn't taking any extra steps to protect our children", but had been threatened with a fine.

She added: "Being told that the Government are cracking down and I could well get a heft fine – I said I would take my chance."

St Mary's Cof E Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (42359594)
St Mary's Cof E Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (42359594)

But co-chair of the Hampton Road primary, Tracey Harrison, said the Year 6 pupil who tested positive for the virus and his siblings had been off school and therefore there had been no need to close the child's class bubble.

"Parents were understandably concerned, but we would like to reassure them that we have followed all the guidance from our local public health protection team," she said.

"There have been no more positive Covid-19 cases at St Mary’s. The pupil concerned and the pupil’s family have fully followed the self-isolation requirements.

St Mary's Cof E Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (42359591)
St Mary's Cof E Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (42359591)

"As soon as we first heard our acting head Matt Curzon rang the local public health protection team and they said if that child had not been in school there was no need to send that child's bubble home and so based on their advice, that's what we did.

"Every single school, if they got a positive case, would do exactly the same."

She added: "We have no other confirmed cases, but like all schools we have coughs and colds and all we can do is follow the guidance."



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