Mr. Doyle says the closure is a “precautionary measure” and advised all parents or guardians who have been in school for two weeks to be vigilant about their child’s health.
The statement on the school website reads: “Dear families. The Derby Moor Academy will be closed to all students from (Monday July 13) and for the rest of the week first.
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“We are sorry for the short notice, but I am sure you will understand this due to circumstances beyond our control.
“We made this decision following a single confirmed case of Covid-19 in our school community. The closure is a precautionary measure taken to minimize the risk to the rest of our students, families and staff.
“We will review this position before the end of the week and advise on the last week before the weekend, but we ask parents and guardians to consider the possibility of alternative arrangements as a precaution.
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“We will be in direct contact with the parents and carers of anyone who has been in immediate contact with the person concerned.
“Likewise, as a precaution, we advise all parents and guardians of pupils who have been in school for fifteen days to be vigilant about their child’s health and to limit their meetings with others at this stage. ”
The press release adds: “As always, we advise anyone with symptoms of coronavirus to self isolate and request a test as soon as possible.
“I understand that this will cause hardship for many families who expected their children to go to school.
“Thank you again for your support and understanding.
“I have said throughout this crisis that we will never compromise the safety and well-being of our community – this is the determining factor in this decision.
“The health of our students, their families, our staff and their families is the most important thing right now.
“We will post updates on the website this week when we have more information. “