A primary school has been forced to close after a year, a student tested positive for Covid-19 and a teacher is suspected of having the virus.
Paganel Elementary School in Selly Oak, Birmingham, temporarily closed yesterday after an email has been distributed internally to staff.
The messages clearly show that a one-year-old student tested positive for the virus last Thursday while a staff member was waiting for the test results.
Public Health England has confirmed only one case of Covid-19 and one suspected school case after being contacted by its management on Tuesday morning.
Paganel Elementary School (above) in Selly Oak, Birmingham, temporarily closed yesterday after a year a student tested positive for Covid-19 and a teacher is suspected of having the virus
It has been said that it is likely that the school will be closed until the end of the week, the “first-year bubble” being closed until Thursday, July 9, granting the comrades the period of isolation for two weeks.
It is understood that letters issued by the school have been explained to parents of children in the bubble to isolate themselves, before a subsequent letter indicates a suspicious case and the school has decided to close.
In an email to staff only and seen by BirminghamLive, school director Bethan Gingell wrote: “By now you will all have received the group call that the school will be closed until further notice.
“This decision was made following reports that a one-year-old child tested positive for Covid-19 and a staff member has a suspected case of Covid-19.
In an email above, sent to staff only, school principal Bethan Gingell wrote, “A one-year-old child tested positive for Covid-19 and a staff member has a suspected case of Covid -19 “
It has been said that it is likely that the school, in the photo, will be closed until the end of the week, with the “first year bubble” closed until Thursday, July 9
“The chairman of the board and I made the decision to close the school to everyone until we got the staff member’s test result.
“This, as the letter indicates, is a precaution to protect us all.
“As soon as we have the test result, I will be in touch. it’s very likely that the school will remain closed this week.
“The bubble in year 1 will remain closed until July 9. “
In a subsequent email, from vice principal Vicki Shuter, the school said it was working alongside Public Health England to manage the situation.
A spokesperson for Public Health England told MailOnline: “After confirmation on Monday of only one case of COVID-19 in a bubble at Paganel Primary School in Birmingham and one suspected case in a staff member, the principal and the board of governors made the difficult decision to temporarily close the school as a precaution.
“PHE was contacted by the school administration yesterday morning and will be working with Birmingham City Council to provide advice and support to the school on handling the incident. “
MailOnline has contacted the school for comment.