STUDENTS from a Colchester secondary school have been sent home to self-isolate after a member of the school community tested positive for coronavirus.

St Helena, in Sheepen Road, says a number of students are in quarantine after someone tested positive for Covid-19 at the school.

Headteacher Fiona Pierson said: "A member of our St Helena community, has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Following advice from the Essex Test and Trace team we have followed their advice and established a list of close contacts. These close contacts have all been notified.

"Students who are isolating at home will now receive a distance learning package and the school will be providing IT equipment for families who require it.

"As always I would like to thank the St Helena community for their support during what continues to be challenging period for everyone."

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