All students who form part of a ‘bubble’ at a Llanelli primary school are self-isolating after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.
Parents of those who were in the same ‘year 4 bubble’ as the positive case were contacted on Sunday, September 20, telling them to keep their children at home for fourteen days.
An initial statement, posted on the school’s Twitter page on Sunday evening, said: “We are able to confirm that an individual at the school has tested positive for Covid-19.
“Please be assured that we have robust procedures in place and the Test, Trace, Protect process is being followed.
“All individuals who have been identified as close contacts are being contacted.”
This was updated on Monday morning to confirm that “Mr’s Conway’s Year 4 class is self-isolating. All parents in this Year 4 bubble were called on Sunday night.”
Ysgol Pen Rhos caters for 420 pupils along with 60 nursery children and was hailed as a ‘super-school’ following a £10m investment in 2018 as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools initiative.
The school was formed from the merger of the former Copperworks Infant Nursery School and Lakefield Primary School.
The case there follows the news that a sixth form year group at Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli has had to self-isolate after three positive test results.
On Thursday, September 17, 450 sixth-form students at Olchfa Comprehensive School were told to isolate and work from home and there have been confirmed cases at Trallwn Primary and Dunvant Primary.
And 10 pupils and eight members of staff at the Specialist Teaching Facility at Penyrheol Comprehensive were instructed to isolate for fourteen days after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
A spokeswoman for Carmarthenshire County Council said: “We can confirm that an individual at Ysgol Pen Rhos in Llanelli has tested positive for Covid-19.
“We have robust procedures in place and the Test, Trace, Protect process is being followed.
“The school is directly in touch with parents to keep them informed.
“The process of testing and contact tracing is part of the ‘new normal’ and where schools follow these guidelines carefully, there is no cause for alarm.
“It is important to remember that coronavirus has not gone away. We must all remain vigilant and maintain social distancing and continue to wash our hands frequently in order to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.”