Coronavirus confirmed in eight schools and colleges – updates

Ar least eight schools and colleges now have confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council said previously it was aware of seven early years, education or further education settings in the county which have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

It has now been confirmed that at least eight education settings in Cornwall have alerted parents of the cases including Newquay Tretherras, Penair School, Truro College, Camborne College, Exeter University, Poltair School, Camborne Science and International Academy and Richard Lander.

Cornwall Council previously included early years settings in its announcement so this is likely to be higher and the figure is likely to increase as the expected second wave gathers pace.

Richard Lander, in Truro, and Poltair School , in St Austell, were the latest to alert parents about confirmed coronavirus cases.

In a letter to parents from staff at Richard Lander School last week, staff say they are continuing to monitor the situation and are working “closely” with Public Health England.

Classmates who have been in close contact with the students who have tested positive for coronavirus will receive a second letter from the school outlining that they must self-isolate at home for 14 days, as per Government guidelines.

Poltair School also sent a letter home to parents today (Friday, September 25) advising them that there had been a single case confirmed by Public Health England.

Both Truro College and Cornwall College have also had confirmed cases along with Cornwall’s only university, Falmouth University.

For updates of other schools that are affected see the blog below.

Cornwall Live