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An urgent email has been sent out to parents of children at an Isle of Wight primary school following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Public Health England have confirmed that the first case of the potentially deadly coronavirus has now hit our schools.

Cowes Primary School have today (Sunday) alerted parents to the worrying news after a child tested positive for COVID-19.

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The school has not updated its website and their Facebook Page doesn’t actually state what the nature of the ‘urgent’ email is. However, it hasn’t taken long for parents to alert the wider community.

Cowes Primary will remain open and the management team are working closely with Public Health England to monitor the situation.

Pupils who have had direct and prolonged contact with the infected individual in the ‘class bubble’ have been informed via an individual letter. They will now be off school for a 14 day period, as will the teacher and teaching assistant.

Stephanie Praetig, Headteacher of Cowes Primary School, has issued some reassurance to concerned families stating that for most people, COVID-19 is a mild illness.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not go to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.

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All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

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The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

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Karn Evil 9

Should of closed pubs and eateries in the wake of schools re-opening.


Should ‘have’ you idiot. Learn basic English


What a rude twat. Keep your opinions to yourself you negative prick.

Bing Bong

you sound like a cheerful sort yourself.
We’re all welcome to opinions, even if you don’t like it. but I guess you’d prefer a police state with the Stasi about?


Should “have” gone back to school!!


I Bet the school doesn’t get deep cleaned before Monday, when they only knew over the weekend!


Well. What a shock. Not. I thought kids don’t get it or spread it?? The kids weren’t even back one whole week. Oh, and that’s before this weeks numbers started exploding, daily cases (if they continue to rise are only 1500 per day away from the highs seen in March, at which point we had a whole country lockdown.)
They also had 4 secondary schools and 11 primary, close bubbles last week in Manchester. Unfortunately this is the start of much worse to come this winter.
Stay safe everyone


Kids do get it, but don’t have symptoms, or have very mild symptoms; they do spread it which is why the schools were closed in first place to protect vulnerable ie primarily elderly people/ relatives

Janesville Read

Is it kids spreading it or the teachers or mum’s and dad’s


In this case it was a pupil that brought it into the school. The case at an island preschool was an adult bringing it into the setting. According to sky news we have had 11 positive cases on the island over the last two weeks.
Like I said earlier, this sadly is just the beginning. Stay safe everyone.


That’s a coincidence just like every single year the 2nd week back at school after the summer holidays there is always a cold that most children get! Colds and any other coronavirus shows up positive on a coronavirus test I have heard.By next month on here it will say most of the island has coronavirus just like every year when most of us have a cold


well put

Mrs A

Have just come back from Jersey every person entering has a test. I had a cold test was negative. Result in less than 24 hours and everyone who had the test is contacted daily and had to reply


Oh god here comes the hysteria. Lock your kids up until the virus as gone, possibly never will. How did we manage with TB and Polio.

Julie Christine Packer

Ummm, like people died or were left with life changing dissabilities from TB and Polio

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Karn Evil 9

Not really hysteria is it Tony. Just being careful. We didn’t manage with TB and polio, not until there was a vaccine you idiot. I’m guessing you A) Have not kids, B) and if you do they don’t go to this school.

zachary smith

4 of my school friends caught polio and were on iron lungs and crippled for life.


Exactly the country was not on lockdown. You just got on with it.

Janesville Read



Well, for a start, there was mass innoculations at schools, as I recall queuing up for these, but the anti viral innoculation for covid 19 hasnt been made, safely, yet.

Geoff Hope

Children expect their parents to look after them fully, not just when it suits so they can go back to work.
Even animals risk their own life for their young.
So to lose some cash, or pay a fine is NOTHING compared to lowering a little white coffin into the ground you selfish idiot.
Children would sooner be poor but healthy, it is often the parents who crave consumer items to make up for lack of something in their lives.


What a ridiculous comment! Parents not looking after their kids cos they have to work! It may surprise you but parents need to work to feed and clothe those kids and usually they will send them to school. Do you think everyone who has kids shouldn’t work? Mind you that is a bit of a problem here! This virus will be around for a long time and we have to learn to adapt and live with it.


Knew it wouldn’t b long before schools got it…. how long before the government do something about it tho….probably when it’s to late


lock your self away from every one and wear a mask your be safe then

Nut cracker.

Yawn .

Grand Fromage

Both of my children have only been at school for a week, and one has tummy pains the other a streaming cold, and this is WITH handwashing, constant gel, and distancing.   IF a simple cold or tummy bug is so easily caught, WITH the precautions, then obviously CV, being more infectious will cause carnage in the class rooms soon.   Cleary any one child who brings in CV will likely effect many who will unwittingly pass such on to parents and in turn Grandparents.   Deaths will happen here because children have been returned to school. Gov should hang… Read more »


Hang on a minute, I seem to remember some time ago that the Government were taking shit because they weren’t sending the kids back to school soon enough, loss of education and all that.


Well said. Nothing they do is right! Kids need to get some sort of normality back. Missing school and friends will do long term damage to their social educational and emotional well being. It’s mostly parents who don’t mask up or social distance at schools who are the problem. All kids get colds when they go back to school it’s fact. Follow the guidelines and schools are also doing their bit.


grand fromage – give it a rest – you are pretty sad and pathetic.
are you saying that when these thousands of kids were on the beach only a few weeks ago or in the towns everyday that is ok, however, when it comes to school it isn’t ok – yeah right – viruses go where they want to and where they can survive and there is nothing that you or anyone else can do about it, apart from live with it, get on with life and stop whining like a little snowflake – altering the narrative to suit the view.


Perhaps MS Praetig would like to tell the friends and family of the 41623 uk deaths its a mild illness, it isn’t it kills and those who get a mild illness can transfere it to innocent people, so take it seriously and “dont Kill Granny”


My lad has a cold already caught whilst at primary school. So WHAT hope has he of avoiding CV when it is bought into the class room as highly infectious?


Omg the scaremongering goes on.! Give it a rest .breaking news my a…
All kids should wear masks…infact pretty much everyone.
They dont …its passed on by ignorant groups
Flue is just as bad but nobody says nowt there.
Parents arent distancing at gates n hugg friends there so expect it too spread.but thrn youll moan if kid gets it.Just spreaders anyway do take more care peeps

Mrs brown

No one should wear a bloody mask! Bad for your health! Let alone making your child wear one. Disgraceful

Mrs brown



Are we all getting carried away with this virus. Should we not remember the thousands of people who have had an early death through lack of treatment because of the virus.
If we just carry on by using our common sense let it take it’s course, at least it will help the next generation by reducing the burden of the elderly on society


That’s a bit harsh, admittedly the whole point of lockdown is to prevent premature deaths of elderly population, a lockdown that younger people will be paying for economically for decades, and hearing probably older people criticising the whole thing on here makes you think for millisecond, why bother, “everyone in our family had tb when I was young and we just got on with it, not like these snowflakes..” We are protecting YOU despite the ingratitude, and that’s how it should be..


That’s the problem, common sense is in very short supply now, and that last part is insulting to your parents and everybody elses parents.


And what about YOUR burden on society then, ron? How are we going to remove that?


In my opinion I feel all children of school age should wear a mask!
Children’s hygiene are not like adults, so I believe this is the only way forward to stop it spreading further.

Islander too

I’ve read the comments here. As harsh as it may seem you cannot hold the whole of society back for a small section of elderly people. It’s up to us to us to keep ourselves safe and not put ourselves in the path of the virus. We haven’t had it, our elderly neighbour hasn’t had it, our children’s in-laws haven’t had it, my brother and sister in law haven’t had it, my sister hasn’t had it all of us in the vulnerable category. The reason? Because we’ve followed the guidelines from the beginning and still are. Of course children are… Read more »


I agree in a way, but it’s very difficult to isolate older people completely, esp when some think it’s almost a conspiracy against them.. I’ve heard one person (and I do realise not all older people are of the same attitude.. ), say it’s worse than the war, and although I didn’t live through the war, to me, it seems ridiculous thing to say. Or almost the opposite tack where the martyr principal that “you young things have it far better than we ever did”, stands, and all this is “stuff and nonsense” (even though the ONS has stated for… Read more »


It’s not law for them to isolate and they’re not being told to now so it comes down to choice but I agree we can’t all have our lives on hold indefinitely or we’ll have far worse problems to deal with than covid


I used to work in a school and in my experience the children spread more germs than the adults. They always had coughs, colds, sneezes and snotty noses. The adults caught more from the children than the other way round.

Mr Creosote

The problem is schools are too clean as it is. Our bodys need germs viruses and bacterias to actually function properly!! When we wash our hands we kill off our bodys natural healthy bacteria defence system which leaves us wide open for nastys to get in with nothing left to help destroy it. Have we all forgotton that we have our own perfect defence system called our immune system? The problem is now due to wearing masks everywhere we are ruining our own immune systems and health by cutting down our oxygen levels, breathing in our own carbon dioxide and… Read more »

Mr Creosote

Oh and spend some time learning how to naturally build and strengthen your own immune systems so it can deal with mr corona. Vitamin C is a good starting point to research. Oh and also can i reccomend spending some time listening to a Dr Peter Glidden. World leading nutritionist.

Mr justice

Ok echo, I will repeat myself again,please post this this time! Humans are prodominately lazy, what I mean is, if someone else can think for them ,then they are happy to accept what they are told, especially if they are told it will keep them safe! It takes effort to research and think for yourself. Then of course if things don’t seem right, they would have to look at what they are told a bit closer. And what if the things they are told are wrong!? Melt down! .so it’s easier to accept what the government say,I mean it’s not… Read more »


Article been out too long Justice for your comment to have any impact. IE have a habit of deleting whole threads for apparently little reason but then allow others with growing personal abuse content to remain. Next time.

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