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Pupils on school bus linked to Dunfermline coronavirus case told to return to school

Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline.
Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline.

Pupils travelling on a school bus connected to a coronavirus case at a Fife secondary school will no longer have to isolate, NHS Fife announced.

A pupil at Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline was confirmed to have the virus on Monday evening.

Parents of an entire second year class and pupils who had travelled home on a particular school bus on Friday afternoon were initially told to keep their children off school on Tuesday.

However NHS Fife have now confirmed pupils who travelled on the Kingseat bus can safely return to school from today following a further risk assessment.

The youngsters from the second year class are being contacted by the test and protect team and must isolate for 14 days from August 28.

Isolating pupils will be able to return to school from September 11.

We remain satisfied that the risk of contracting coronavirus remains low.”


Dr Esther Curnock, NHS Fife.

The pupil infected continues to have mild symptoms and remains at home with other household members.

NHS Fife deputy director of public health, Dr Esther Curnock said there are no signs of onward transmission within the school.

She said: “NHS Fife’s Health Protection Team have been working closely with our colleagues at Fife Council’s education department to identify any close contacts and we remain satisfied that the risk of contracting coronavirus remains low.

“Our Test and Protect team are currently in the process of contacting the families of those who have come into close contact with the positive case to provide appropriate public health support and advice.”

Fife Council’s education manager, Gordon Wardope, added: “We are continuing to follow public health advice and are working with NHS Fife around any actions which may be required.”

There are now two schools in the kingdom with confirmed coronavirus cases.

Newburgh nursery in Fife closed last week after a child tested positive for the virus.

Cases linked to an outbreak at Kingspark School in Dundee stand at 40, with pupils, staff and connected community members infected.

Coronavirus in schools: Track the spread in staff and pupils in Tayside and Fife

 

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