AN EIGHTH Vale of Glamorgan school has alerted its parents and carers that a confirmed case of coronavirus has been identified in its reception class.

Special educational needs school, Ysgol y Deri, in Penarth, has issued notification of a teacher and pupil displaying covid-19 symptoms.

The school caters for pupils aged three to 19 years.

Dinas Powys Primary School, and Whitmore High School, Oak Field Primary, Jenner Park Primary, Palmerston Primary, High Street Primary, and Ysgol Sant Baruc, in Barry, have informed parents of incidences and a requirement for a number of staff and pupils to self-isolate and all other household members for 14 days.

The Vale council has been contacted for a response.


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On its social media site the school said: "Yesterday (September 23) we took the decision to isolate two classes and staff in P Red after a teacher and pupil had symptoms.

"The teacher has been for a test, but we were unable to have the pupil tested.

"We therefore took the action as a precaution – we have not had a confirmed case at this time.

"This action would normally only be taken after a confirmed case.

"Given the nature of our school Public Health agreed this measure as a precaution that is in line with our risk assessments."

In a letter to parents and guardians, head teacher Chris Britten added: "In line with Government guidance, I can assure you that all affected areas will be deep cleaned before we ask your child to return to school.

"I appreciate this may cause you a mild inconvenience.

"However, rest assured that we have your child's and our staff's health and wellbeing at the core of our decision making."

Mr Britten said further information would be issued once the school knew more.

As a precaution, families should be alert for any symptoms of covid-19.

Symptoms include a new or continuous cough; a high temperature; and a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if mild, book a test for them by phoning 119 or through the online portal

Inform the school that they are unwell with covid-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test.

Your child should self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started.

All other household members should isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms.

Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999.

Follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result.

To reduce the risk of covid19 spreading, wash hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Children should wash hands as soon as they get home.

Children should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze; and used tissues should be placed in a bin immediately with hands washed afterwards.

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found on

Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found at

For general information on covid-19, visit

The covid-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do via