A student at Ryde School has been told to stay away as a result of their parent coming into contact with the Island’s first coronavirus patient.
In a letter sent out to parents this week, it has been confirmed that a pupil in the Upper Sixth has been asked to stay away from the Queens Road boarding school as a result of their father coming into contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient.
The parent has now self-isolated but is not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus.
Mr Waldron, Head Master at Ryde School, says the decision to ask the student to stay away from school goes beyond the requirements set out by Public Health England, but he would prefer to err on the side of caution.
The Isle of Wight’s first coronavirus patient – understood to be a local woman – was confirmed on Saturday evening. There have been no new cases since, although an update on the regional figures is expected later on today.
Meanwhile, a child from Arreton Primary School has self-isolated after coming into contact with mainland family members who have been confirmed as having COVID-19.
The pupil is not currently showing any signs of coronavirus and has not been to school since the contact at the mainland.