More than 40 Coventry schools are currently responding to positive Covid-19 cases, according to the latest official figures.
Fifty pupils and 45 members of staff have tested positive, resulting in those affected and anyone in close contact with them being told to stay at home for 14 days.
The majority of cases are at primary schools, with 21 incidences, followed by 16 at secondary and four at special schools, Coventry City Council said today (Friday, September 25).
The number of children affected only represents a fraction of the city’s 56,000 pupils.
CoventryLive reported today how Lyng Hall has become one of the latest schools in Coventry and Warwickshire to enact response plans following confirmed coronavirus infections.
The city council and Public Health England are also involved in the effort to “understand and manage the situation” after an unspecified number of pupils contracted Covid-19.
Lyng Hall, in Stoke Heath, said it is “following all the guidelines to maintain a safe school environment.”
The city council released the overall figure together as it praised schools for acting “swiftly” in responding to positive tests.
A city council spokesman said: “We currently have 41 schools with one or more positive Covid-19 cases.
“That breaks down to 21 primary, 16 secondary, four special.
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“Of the positive cases, 45 are staff and 50 are pupils. For context there are 56,000 pupils in the city.
“On top of this we do have a number of staff and pupils that are self-isolating as a precautionary measure because they are either symptomatic or have been in contact with a positive case.
“Prior to the re-opening of schools we worked in partnership with all schools and Public Health England to ensure there were clear processes in place for schools to act quickly and appropriately should they become aware of a positive Covid-19 test.”
The city council spokesman added: “As a partnership we are of course closely monitoring the situation and we are pleased that on the occasions a positive case has been identified the school has acted swiftly in accordance with the processes set out.
“We would continue to urge any pupil or member of staff to stay off school and get tested should they become symptomatic.”
In Warwickshire, 29 schools currently have staff and children self-isolating due to positive Covid-19 cases, around 12 per cent of schools in the area.
Guidance from Public Health England states: “Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus.”