Sheffield school issues urgent message after catering worker tests positive for Covid-19

Torri Donley

Parents and carers of pupils at Westfield School, in Beighton, were warned of the positive case in a letter from the headteacher, Joe Birbeck, on Tuesday, October 6. He said: “A significant number of colleagues from Mellors caterers who provide our on-site catering have been required to self-isolate owing to […]

Parents and carers of pupils at Westfield School, in Beighton, were warned of the positive case in a letter from the headteacher, Joe Birbeck, on Tuesday, October 6.

He said: “A significant number of colleagues from Mellors caterers who provide our on-site catering have been required to self-isolate owing to a positive case of COVID 19 being identified within their team.

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Westfield School has issued an urgent message after a catering worker tested positive for Covid-19

“We have taken public health advice from the Department for Education and can confirm that no students or Westfield staff are required to self-isolate.”

Given that many members of the catering team are now having to self-isolate, the canteen at Westfield School will be offering a limited range of food ‘until further notice.’

Parents and carers who are able to send their child to school with a packed lunch are encouraged to do so.

Mr Birbeck added: “If sending your child with a packed lunch is not a possibility we will make every effort to ensure they are well-catered for. Food will be provided for students who receive free school meals.

“We understand that this may be concerning, but please be assured that we are taking all necessary action in line with advice from the Department for Education. Thank you for your continued support.”

The school is currently staggering break and lunchtimes for pupils as part of its efforts to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus, with year groups segrated into ‘bubbles’ to ensure they don’t mix with others.

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