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Eton in lockdown: Pupils isolating in their houses after Covid surge

Eton in lockdown: Parents’ fury after boys are told to stay in their boarding houses at £42,500-a-year school and have remote lessons because of Covid outbreak

  • Around 50 pupils at Eton College told to remain in boarding houses for two days  
  • ‘Appalled’ parents slammed the school’s reaction and called it a ‘two-tier society’
  • Bosses at historic boarding school this week warned of surging Covid cases 

Furious parents have hit out after pupils at £42,500-a-year Eton College were forced into self-isolation measures this week after an outbreak of Covid cases.

Approximately 50 students were told to remain in their boarding houses for 48 hours as they were switched over to remote learning sessions at the start of the week.

All pupils were expected to wear face coverings and take daily Covid tests, as assemblies and chapel services were cancelled until the end of the week.  

‘Appalled’ parents slammed the school for implementing a ‘two-tier society’ and imposing drastic measures that are no longer seen in other parts of society.

It comes as bosses at the historic boarding school wrote to parents earlier this week warning of ‘a rise in the number of boys testing positive for Covid-19 in school’.

The college explained that one boarding house was self-isolating – with pupils free to go to their own separate garden, gym or return home if needed. 

Around 50 students were told to remain in their boarding houses at Eton College (pictured) for 48 hours as they were switched over to remote learning sessions

Earlier this week, Eton College wrote to parents ahead of the half-term break to discuss a recent surge in Covid cases. 

The letter read: ‘Following the advice of the health protection team, we have introduced certain measures to mitigate the risk of spreading infection, whilst at the same time providing the boys with as normal experience as possible.’

But one parent, speaking to the Telegraph, shared her fury at the measures being imposed at the school.

She said: ‘The school has gone into hunkering down mode.

‘It’s like we are living in a two-tier society where young people are still being put into lockdown and bending over backwards for something they are not even going to be very ill for.

‘This is not how we are operating outside of schools. If I am in the same house as someone with Covid, I can still go to work.

All pupils were expected to wear face coverings and take daily Covid tests, as assemblies and chapel services were cancelled until the end of the week.

‘It’s all very frustrating. We need to stop constantly testing children – otherwise they are on a knife edge the whole time. Parents have been appalled.’

Secondary school pupils have been advised to take two lateral flow tests each week during active term time, but they are only meant to self-isolate in cases where they have tested positive with a PCR test or display symptoms consistent with the virus.   

A spokesman for the school said: ‘Pupils and staff in one particular boarding house have been asked to self-isolate for 48 hours, either at school or at home.

‘This decision was taken on medical advice, having consulted with our local Health Protection team and is consistent with Eton’s Outbreak Management Plan.’

The school added that parents have been ‘understanding and supportive’ of the measures imposed on pupils. 

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