Student at Hastings secondary school tests positive for Covid-19

A year 10 student at a Hastings secondary school has tested positive for Covid-19, the school’s principal has confirmed.

Tuesday, 10th November 2020, 11:25 am

Ark Alexandra Academy, in Park Avenue, Hastings, confirmed the news to parents on Monday (November 9).

Liam Collins, school principal, wrote: “We have been informed today that a student in year 10 has tested positive for Covid.

“Following guidance, we have been advised that no action is required in regard to closing bubbles. The student has not been in school since the 23rd October as they were isolating due to symptoms.”

Ark Alexandra Academy. Picture: Google SUS-200123-135557001
Ark Alexandra Academy. Picture: Google SUS-200123-135557001

On Friday (November 6), parents were informed that a member of staff at Ark Alexandra Academy had tested positive for Covid-19 11 days previously, on October 26.

Mr Collins said the member of staff had felt unwell on October 24 but offered no explanation as to why parents were not informed until 11 days later.

In his letter, the principal said the member of staff’s ten-day isolation period ended on November 3 and they returned to the school on November 4.

The school has been approached for comment.