Andover Coronavirus in Schools

Andover’s school have been reacting to the news over the weekend of a local man testing positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) having visited Andover’s Leisure Centre on Saturday 7th March 2020.

Members of the public who had been at the centre at the time were given conflicting advice from the NHS service 111, some being told to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, with others being told to carry on as normal unless they have specific flu-type symptoms.

Schools also gave different advice, with one headteacher writing to parents to say that Public Health England was giving differing advice to different schools about how to handle the situation.

Below is the advice from each school, this will be updated live.

Andover CofE School

Coronavirus at Andover Leisure Centre.

If you have been there this weekend and have any of the identified symptoms please stay at home and call 111.

Balksbury School

Dear Parents,

Could we please start by offering our heartfelt thanks to our parents in supporting the decisions made regarding the protocols around Coronavirus and quarantine advice.

We have spent most of today chasing calls, sitting on hold and being passed from department to department of various helplines.The conflicting advice has become the most frustrating element of this situation. All head teachers want to do the best they can to protect and care for their children, their families and their staff. We act on the advice of other professional bodies when the situation is outside of our professional remit. On this occasion we all followed government guidelines to the letter.

Public Health Hampshire have now launched an investigation into why both head teachers and parents have received different instructions around isolation, which we now know was also the case for other local businesses. It has been made clear that schools cannot be put in this position again and must be able to access one clear protocol. The anxiety for Andover parents has been unnecessarily increased due to the confusing, conflicting and contradictory messages circulating the town.

We are as relieved as you to hear that we can welcome back both children and staff tomorrow.

Please be reassured we will continue to hold to account the professional bodies responsible for making these decisions regarding quarantine protocols and school closures and expect consistent advice going forward.

Business as usual tomorrow, thank goodness!

Endeavour School

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

Harroway School

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

John Hanson School

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

Longparish Little School

Coronavirus at Andover Leisure Centre.
If you have been there this weekend and have any of the identified symptoms please stay at home and ring 111.

Norman Gate School

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

Portway Junior School

We, as local headteachers are being given conflicting advice via the NHS 111 number and the dedicated Department for Education advice line. We are trying to clarify it today and will update parents when we know.

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

Rookwood School

Unfortunately, a small group of boarders also attended Andover Leisure Centre on Saturday. Out of an abundance of caution and whilst the school obtains further advice from Public Health England, we are ensuring that the boarders and staff remain in the boarding house on Monday and do not attend school.

This is purely a precautionary measure. There is no evidence that the boarders concerned have been exposed to the virus.

Monday’s breakfast club in the boarding house has been cancelled, again as a precautionary measure.

We advise any day pupils who attended Andover Leisure Centre on Saturday to also remain at home until we obtain further advice from PHE.

We will provide further updates on Monday.

Vigo School

As you may have heard there has been a confirmed case of Coronavirus in Andover over the weekend.

If your child has attended the leisure centre and feels unwell, they should stay off school and contact 111.

If your child has attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are okay to attend school.

We will continue with high levels of hand hygiene and vigilance and will update you if advice from Public Health England or the Department for Education changes.

Winton Academy School

1. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre and display the identified symptoms should stay off school and contact 111.

2. If parents or students have attended the leisure centre but are fine, they are fine to attend school. (if they feel unwell in near future then stay off and contact 111).”

Parents are also urged to keep the school informed.

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