26 November 2020
The Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills has been advised of the following:
Jersey College for Girls
A student who attends Jersey College for Girls has tested positive for Covid-19.
Parents have been informed and, as a precautionary measure, students in the year group have been asked not to attend the College on Thursday 26 November, and Friday 27 November, and to stay at home and isolate to allow the Contact Tracing process to be completed.
The College will remain open following advice from Environmental and Public Health.
St Michael’s School
A student who attends St Michael’s School has tested positive for Covid-19.
Parents have been informed and the students and siblings* who were in the double year group bubble have been asked to remain at home until the Contact Tracing process has been completed.
The school will remain open following advice from Environmental and Public Health.
To protect the identity and privacy of the students and their families, we will not be commenting further.
*Siblings who have been asked to remain at home also is an additional requirement of St Michael’s School, which is a private school, and not a requirement in Government of Jersey-provided schools.
Statement from Education Minister Senator Tracey Vallois:
Education Minister Senator Tracey Vallois said: “I would like to thank students, parents and school staff for their patience and understanding during these difficult times.
We are aware that the increase in Covid-19 cases has been a challenging time across many secondary schools. I also recognise the particular challenges experienced by students and families who have to isolate.
“The Department for Children, Young People Education and Skills continues to meet regularly with school leaders, unions and representatives from Contact Tracing will also be briefing headteachers directly this week. This is to discuss ways in which schools further develop their strategies of year group bubbles as well as the guidance to parents and students about isolation and testing.
“My Department is constantly reviewing their health and safety frameworks and looking to improve the systems around track and tracing in schools. I would like to reassure students and parents or carers that all the measures put in place, are based on medical advice, to guarantee the highest form of safety for our school community.”