A CORONAVIRUS case has been confirmed by Sweyne Park School after a "family member" of a pupil tested positive.

Parents received an email from the school in Rayleigh this morning explaining that the family were self-isolating but the school would remain open following advice from Public Health England.

The school confirmed that the child has not tested positive.

The email, from the school's headteacher, Katharine Dines, said: "I am writing to confirm that a family member of one of our pupils has tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

"I know that this will be worrying news, but want to reassure you that we are keeping up to date with advice from Public Health England to take all necessary action to ensure the welfare of our pupils, staff and their families.

"The pupil in question has not tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) but acting on advice from Public Health England the family will be self-isolating as a precaution.

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"We are keeping updated with advice from Public Health England and they advise that there is no need for us to take any action, so the school will continue to remain open as usual.

"We will, of course, continue to be vigilant with cleanliness and in ensuring we are aware of the latest expert advice.

"This can be found on the NHS website, and government updates are available on our website.

"I will be in touch again if the situation changes, and if there is any further information that I need to share."

A spokesman for Sweyne Park School, said: "The official advice for schools from Public Health England is clear and that is what we have followed.  

"Like everyone we continue to be vigilant for symptoms and encourage and advise pupils and staff to follow the health and hygiene guidance.

"We signpost them to NHS 111 if they are concerned."