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A LARGE Bradford secondary school has confirmed someone at the setting has tested positive for coronavirus, just days after reopening.

Dixons Kings Academy, in Lidget Green, revealed the news in a letter to parents and guardians on Friday, August 28.

The Outstanding Ofsted school, which has 818 pupils on the roll, partially reopened to students in Year 7 and 11 on Tuesday, August 25.

Year 11 pupils were in the same form group as they were in Year 10, while newcomers in Year 7 were told their form group before summer.

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In the letter three days later, Principal Richard Wilson said: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

"We know that you may find this concerning but are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

"The small number of people who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days."

A spokesperson for Dixons Academies Trust, which runs a number of schools in Bradford including Kings, confirmed five staff members are self-isolating as a precautionary measure.

They added that the school remains open and all other staff and students are attending as usual.

The letter gives some general guidance regarding coronavirus and explains that any pupil who develops symptoms (such as a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) should stay at home.

This should be for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared, according to the letter.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days, including anyone in the affected person's "Support Bubble".

The letter states: "The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

"Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

"If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family.

"Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

"Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

"If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period."

Dixons Kings Academy introduced a staggered start time for Year 7 and 11 pupils last week.

Year 7 pupils must arrive ready at 8am every day and then finish at 3.35pm on Monday to Wednesday and 2.35pm on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, Year 11 pupils must arrive ready at 7.45am and then finish at 3.20pm on Monday to Wednesday and 2.20pm on Thursday and Friday.

A letter sent to parents and guardians in advance of last week's reopening said: "Students will come up the main path, then follow the path around school to line up in the rear yard in tutor groups."

The school also made it clear that dropping a student off early is not permitted, to ensure safe social distancing between year groups is met.