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Third Crawley school reports case of COVID-19

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A third school in Crawley has written to parents saying that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within their school.

The Bewbush Academy in Bewbush, Crawley sent the letter to parents yesterday (30th Sept).

Within the letter parents are told that there are a small number of students who have come in contact with the infected person and as a result they are now to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

The news comes just days after two secondary schools, Oriel High School in Maidenbower and St Wilfrid’s in Southgate also confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As the government reported another day of cases exceeding 7,000 across the UK as well as a rise in deaths, there appears to be more indications of greater restrictions to come although an all out lockdown similar to what happened back in March is vehemently being denied.

The Bewbush Academy has been approached for comment.

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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