An entire primary school class has been ordered to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
The P3 pupil at St Clement’s RC Primary School in Dundee is the latest youngster to catch the virus in the region.
Parents and carers of the pupil’s classmates have been advised to keep their children at home until September 1.
Contact tracing is under way and a wider communication has been issued to other parents.
The classroom is undergoing a deep clean, but the rest of the school will remain open.
Dr Ellie Hothersall, chair of the Incident Management Team (IMT), said: “Parents of the wider school population at St Clement’s have been reassured that if they have not been contacted individually, their child has not been identified as a contact of a case.
“They can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal.
“The P3 classroom will be deep cleaned and risk assessments are being carried out. Parents should be assured that all appropriate precautions are in place and the school remains open.
“It is important that those who are asked to self-isolate do so to prevent further transmission of the virus in our communities.”
NHS Tayside is currently battling an outbreak linked to an additional support needs school in the city.
Last Tuesday, its health protection team was made aware of a single positive case connected to Kingspark School in Dundee.
On Wednesday, the health board stated the cluster had now reached 34 – made up of 21 members of staff, three pupils and ten community contacts.
A single positive case has been linked to the primary 2A class at St Peter and Paul’s School in the city, whilst another two have been linked to Happy Times out-of-school club at Downfield Primary School.
Kingspark School, which was closed last Wednesday for a deep clean, remains shut and all staff and pupils continue to self-isolate as previously advised.
Elsewhere, a pupil at Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry also tested positive for Covid-19.
The health board has ordered 14 close contacts, including staff and students, to self-isolate until September 5.
Paul Clancy, Dundee City Council executive director of children and families services, said: “Parents may be feeling more anxious as positive cases are identified in schools, however parents should be reassured that we are working closely with colleagues in public health to ensure there is a swift and appropriate response to ensure pupil and staff safety.”
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