A STUDENT has become the third person to test positive for Covid-19 at a school in six days.

Principal Claire Jarman wrote to parents today to inform them that a Year 13 student at Cardinal Newman school in Hove had contracted the virus.

She described the situation as a “very self-contained incident” saying the student had attended one lesson at the school this week.

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The news comes after two members of staff at Cardinal Newman testing positive for coronavirus.

These cases were confirmed by Principal Jarman in letters to parents on Friday and Tuesday.

Following the latest case, Ms Jarman wrote: “In the interests of transparency I am writing to you today to inform you that a Year 13 student informed us yesterday that they had tested Covid positive.

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“This is a very self-contained incident. The student had been in for one lesson only this week.

“There had been no contact whatsoever with the two colleagues who have tested positive.

“The student was only in the college building which is separate to the rest of the school.

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“We informed Public Health England (PHE) and they were happy to confirm we need only isolate a handful of students who were direct contacts, and to inform the rest of that class.

“This is why you haven’t received a template letter from PHE as you did with the other previous incident.

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“The classroom directly involved, the one adjacent to it and the office the teacher works in have all been ‘fogged’ as a precautionary measure.”