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Pupils at Cefn Hengoed School and Bishopston Comprehensive School in Swansea told to self-isolate

Two schools in Swansea have confirmed new cases of coronavirus with pupils ordered to stay at home to self-isolate.

The year 10 bubble at Cefn Hengoed School and the year eight bubble at Bishopston Comprehensive School have been told to stay at home after a pupil in each bubble tested positive.

It affects almost 400 pupils across the two schools, with approximately 157 at Cefn Hengoed School and approximately 224 at Bishopston Comprehensive School being identified as close contacts.

Swansea Council said pupils who shared the same bus as the pupil who tested positive at Bishopston Comprehensive School have also been asked to self-isolate.

Letters have been sent to affected parents at the schools, advising them of what they need to do.



Around 224 pupils at Bishopston Comprehensive School have been told to self-isolate

Both schools are continuing to operate as normal.

The headteachers at both secondary schools have sent letters to the parents of other children in the schools, advising them they can continue to attend school as usual.

The pupils who are self-isolating will learn remotely and measures have been put in place so that children entitled to free school meals don’t lose out.

The schools and Swansea Council are working with Public Health Wales and the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service to make sure measures are in place to protect students, staff and the wider community.

A spokesman for the council said: “All contacts of the case have been identified and have received appropriate advice to self-isolate.

“Children who have not been identified as a contact do not need to self-isolate and do not require testing for the virus.”

On Monday it was confirmed that the year 10 bubble at Bishopston Comprehensive School had been told to self-isolate following a positive coronavirus test.

This comes after more than 450 pupils at Olchfa Comprehensive School were sent home and told to self-isolate after a student tested positive for coronavirus.

It was also confirmed last week that a lecturer at Gower College Swansea ‘s campus in Gorseinon had tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Swansea University confirmed that 12 students had tested positive for coronavirus.

To read about the latest cases of coronavirus in schools in Wales, see here.

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