School closes for two weeks after employee tests positive for Covid-19

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A school has been forced to temporarily close after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, said the employee “works in many bubbles at the school”.

Following discussions with Public Health, local authorities and governors, the decision was taken to close the building, on Blackwood Road, until Thursday, October 15.

Preschool children and students in grades two to six will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the school said. He also indicated that the students in the welcome class and the first year will not need to isolate themselves.

In a letter to parents yesterday, Saturday October 3, the principal of the school, Mr. Johnston wrote: “Unfortunately, a school staff member who works on many bubbles in the school has tested positive for Covid -19.

“I have discussed this matter in detail with the Chairman of the Governors and, in accordance with the advice we received from Walsall MBC, we have made contact with the Center for Public Health Protection.

“We discussed at length the situation of our school and made the following decisions: The school will be closed to all students until October 15, 2020.

“Kindergarten students, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6 will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Reception and Grade 1 students don’t need to isolate themselves. Staff working in the nursery, reception, and years 1 to 6 should self-isolate. ”

The school said during the period of closure it will resume its full home and school learning program and all teachers will be in contact to update the work from Monday, October 5.

The school also urged parents to monitor their children for signs of the virus.

The letter added: “Your child does not need to be tested unless he develops symptoms. Please monitor your child for symptoms over the next few days. If your child becomes symptomatic, please notify the school, isolate themselves in the whole household and access a test. ”

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