TWO people at a primary school are in isolation after coming into contact with a person with coronavirus.

The head teacher of Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Hove wrote to parents telling them the two had been isolated to "reduce the risk of the virus spreading".

The news comes after a teacher at Bevendean Primary School went into isolation over fears they had caught coronavirus.

The two people at Cottesmore were advised to self isolate by Public Health England.


Head teacher Rachel Breen told parents: "We have been informed that two people, from our school, have been advised by Public Health England to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with a Coronavirus case. 

"I appreciate it may be concerning that people have been told to ‘self-isolate’, however, this is a purely precautionary measure to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading. 

"As part of self-isolation neither person is in school. Those who have been told to ‘self-isolate’ are being asked to avoid other people and stay at home and not go to work or school.

"During this time, they will be supported by Public Health England, who are monitoring them and will undertake further testing if they show any symptoms of the virus, and provide any further care needed.

"The safety, welfare and wellbeing of all in our school community is our primary concern and a constant dialogue has, and will continue, to take place with the relevant authorities to ensure that the school acts in accordance with guidance.

"We are working in collaboration with, and being guided by, the Local Authority and Public Health England to ensure that we are acting consistently with the right medical advice.

"The Local Authority has confirmed to us that Public Health England and the office of the Chief Medical Officer are clear in their advice that schools do not need to close.

"I will continue to keep you updated with any advice that is passed to us. At this present time, there is low risk for anyone attending our school.

"However, if you wish to keep your child off of school at this time, then we will authorise this absence. Please contact the school if you are keeping your child off or if you wish to collect them."

The school did not offer any further comment.