A primary school has been forced to close to every year group following an outbreak of coronavirus.
The Duke of Norfolk CE Primary in Glossop has shut for a fortnight after two positive cases, including one among the catering team.
In a letter to parents headteacher Esther Bland said: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.
“As one of these cases is a member of the catering team (and has had widespread contact with the rest of the school), we have to close the school for 14 days.
“We will re-open on September 29th, 2020. We have not taken this decision lightly as we recognise the implications for children, staff and families, however, as professionals, we believe it is the right decision.”
She added: “We know that you may find this concerning but are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. Whilst we have already been stringently following government guidance, we are continuing to look at our practices and at how we can avoid a further wide-spread closure in future. We will update you with this information.”
She says that parents will be sent details on the school’s ‘educational contingency plans’ in a further letter.
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The news comes after more than 100 schools have been forced to send pupils home after confirmed cases among children and staff across Greater Manchester.
The Manchester Evening News has kept an up-to-date list of every school impacted in recent days, but is not aware of any other full school closures.
Concerns are growing over the impact this will have on pupils’ education and with many teachers and pupils saying they’re struggling to access tests, it’s causing even further disruption and delay.
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