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Two Crawley schools report cases of COVID-19

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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.

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‘Don’t force children to go hungry’ says Crawley Council leader after MP’s vote against extending free school meals

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It was always going to cause a huge debate but following a vote in the commons yesterday a motion to extend free schools meals into the holiday period was rejected.

Now Crawley’s Council Leader had spoken out saying that up to 2,511 children in Crawley are now at risk of going hungry over the holidays.

In a statement Cllr Peter Lamb wrote:

“Even before the pandemic, a third of Crawley’s children were growing up in poverty. Now, with more families in Crawley facing unemployment than ever before, the need to ensure children from low-income households are fed through the school holidays has never been greater.”

Now Cllr Lamb has called on the government to extend free school meals into the school holidays, including the upcoming October half term and Christmas, saying this is the only way to ensure no child goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Lamb said:

“Crawley’s economy is suffering the impact of COVID-19 harder than anywhere else in the country, the government’s unwillingness to support the aviation sector having cost the town thousands of jobs with thousands more at risk. Now more than ever we need support for low-income families to ensure the mistakes of the government don’t force children to go hungry.”

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