Forty percent of students and half of all staff contracted the virus at Cradoc Elementary School in Brecon in the past two weeks.
The term had resumed earlier this month and, with so many positive test results, local authorities said the school had no choice but to close, reports Wales Online.
Lynette Lovell, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Powys County Council, said: “We can confirm that Cradoc Elementary School has closed due to the increase in Covid cases.
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“Despite the school’s best efforts to mitigate the risk of infection among students and staff, including limited contact groups, daytime cleaning, hand washing, ventilation and outdoor learning , the number of positive cases within the school has increased dramatically over the past two weeks with around 40% of students and 50% of staff currently testing positive.
It comes as the 9th grade from Cwmtawe Community High School 30 miles away near Pontardawe was also sent home for a week due to the high number of cases.
A spokesperson for Neath Port Talbot council said: “School staff have taken regular LFD tests. The staff have now taken all precautions to protect the students and themselves. However, the impact of staff illness and self-isolation made it impossible to operate the school safely for all age groups this week.
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“The health and safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance, so from Monday September 20 to Friday September 24, Grade 9 students will be transitioning to home learning.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely throughout the week. All 9th grade students should log into Microsoft Teams through Hwb and follow their regular schedule. Teachers will do everything possible to ensure that suitable work is available and, where possible, live lessons will take place. “
The Welsh government has announced its intention to go ahead ‘as usual’ in schools as far as possible before the start of the term.
He adds that decisions would be made taking into account local risk factors.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford told WalesOnline at the time: ‘What we want is a more flexible system where decisions are made closer to the pitch and where we can avoid situations where entire classes of children are sent home because a child may have tested positive.
“We have learned different techniques and different ways of doing things and we will have to deal with the fact that there will be coronavirus in schools like there is everywhere else but to do it in a way that minimizes disruption for them. teachers, parents and other staff in schools and especially for the children themselves.
It comes as deaths in England and Wales rose 25% in a single week to a total of 11,035 amid an increase in Covid-related deaths.
Of those deaths, 7.8% were linked to Covid, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Covid deaths were the highest since March 2021, ONS data reveals today.
In the week ending September 10, there were 2,238 more deaths over the previous week, while there were 1,853 more deaths than the five-year average for the same week.
In England, deaths involving Covid-19 jumped to 786, from 632 the previous week, while in Wales they jumped to 36, from 25.