School visited by Boris Johnson just days ago confirms coronavirus case

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A staff member at a school visited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson just days ago has tested positive for coronavirus.

Pupils at Castle Rock High School in Coalville, Leicestershire, were told to stay home and self-isolate today after the confirmed Covid-19 case.

Six tutor groups and two PE classes were told to stay at home on Monday and wait for the school to get in touch to say if they needed to continue to self-isolate or not.

The school in Coalville, Leicestershire hosted the Prime Minister on August 26 as it reopened, along with others across the country.

In a letter to parents on Sunday, the school said it was a “precautionary measure” after a member of staff tested positive.

Head of school Michael Gamble said: "We apologise for the lateness of this letter, however this evening we have been informed that on member of our staff at The Castle Rock School has been tested positive for Covid-19.

"The health, safety and well-being of our students is paramount.

“Please be assured that we have sought immediate advice from Public Health England this evening, and we are continuing to closely follow the published Government guidance.

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"Staff who may have been in 'contact' with the staff member have already been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace process.

"Due to the timing of this news, and as a precautionary measure, we are requesting that students in the following classes/groups please remain at home tomorrow (Monday September 7).

"We will contact each parent tomorrow to let them know if their child should continue to self-isolate.

"Thank you for your continued support and cooperation, we will continue to keep you informed."

During the visit, the PM gave a speech in the library to teachers and pupils and said the biggest risk for young people was not Covid-19, but was "continuing to be out of school".

His visit drew attention after he stood in front of books with titles such as The Twits, Betrayed and The Subtle Knife.

But it later emerged the former librarian didn't intend the message for him, but reportedly put it up as a message to school management in February.

The PM was hospitalised with Covid-19 and moved to intensive care in April at the height of the pandemic, but has since recovered.

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