Confirmation in primary school of two cases of coronavirus attended by vulnerable students


Two cases of coronavirus were identified in a primary school attended by vulnerable pupils from Derby.

Springfield Elementary School has been open to vulnerable children and key workers for the past few weeks, despite a government-mandated national closure to slow the spread of the deadly virus.

Anyone who has been in contact with the two cases will have to isolate themselves to avoid further spread of the disease.

The school will also be closed for 14 days during the cleanup, the Mirror reported.

David Blackwell, executive director of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust, which runs the Springfield Primary in Spondon, said: “The diagnosis was reported to us on Thursday and therefore the school will now close for 14 days because everyone who attended is now to self-isolation and we don’t have to be open.

“We are going to thoroughly clean the school and perform additional cleaning.

“But we are happy that the cases do not affect any other trust school and are confined to Springfield Primary.”

Springfield Elementary School, above, will now be closed for 14 days during the cleanup

Springfield Elementary School, above, will now be closed for 14 days during the cleanup

Schools were closed in March after Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson revealed that this year’s series of summer exams and SATS tests had been cut in an unprecedented move.

“The peak of the virus is progressing at a faster rate than expected,” he announced during the closings.

“It will be for all children, except those of key workers and the most vulnerable children.

“Scientific advice shows that these settings are safe for this small number of children to continue dating, but asking others to stay away will help us slow the spread of this virus. “

Vulnerable children are those who have a social worker and those who have an educational health and care plan.

Boris Johnson has since announced his five-step easing of the lockdowns, and will reopen elementary schools starting June 1 – which has sparked a nationwide response from parents and teachers.

England is also the only country in the UK to set a date for schools to start reopening.

Speaking to Derbyshire Live earlier this week regarding the government’s desire to bring students back to primary schools, Blackwell said it was almost impossible to meet government guidelines and have 15 students in a classroom to guarantee social isolation.

Blackwell said, “Both of these cases focus on what can happen very quickly in a school environment.

He added that government guidelines suggested that groups of students should work with the same teacher all the time in a “bubble”, but that “it would mean that if someone had a confirmed coronavirus in the group, then alone these children and associated staff should isolate themselves, not the entire school.

The National Education Union (NEU), which has 450,000 members, described the government’s plans as “reckless” and advised teachers to “not engage” in this process.

NASUWT, the second largest teachers’ union in the UK, also threatened to sue school leaders if they were to “enter an unsafe school.”


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