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Two Crawley schools report cases of COVID-19



Two Secondary schools in Crawley have confirmed that there have been confirmed cases of Coronavirus within their communitites.

Parents from both schools have received emails advising of the current situation, and in cases where the student may have come in contact with the person who has tested positive, they have been asked to self-isolate at home.

Parents with students at St Wilfrid’s in Southgate and Oriel in Maidenbower have reported receiving the emails.

The email from St Wilfrid’s says:

“We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter asking them to stay at home for 14 days (after last contact).

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.”

A spokesperson for St Wilfrid’s said:

“As with any school who are informed that one of their community has experienced a positive test for Covid-19, we have worked closely and directly with the DfE and PHE, following their advice in line with the national guidance and have taken the appropriate action as required”

While the email from Oriel starts with:

“I am writing to let you know that we have been notified that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school community.

We are following our procedure for a confirmed case in line with the Department for Education guidance.

Naturally the school remains open and our Covid-19 confirmed case plan has been successfully implemented today.”

Oriel High School has been approached for comment.

Both schools confirmed that they would be open as normal whilst some parents have commented saying they have been contacted directly advising their child should now self-isolate due to possible contact.


Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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