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COVID CLOSURE: Churchtown Primary shuts due to covid

COVID CLOSURE: Churchtown Primary shuts due to covid

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A Merseyside primary school has been forced to close to in person learning until next week after 10% of its teachers tested positive for coronavirus.

While most pupils are to learn from home due to the ongoing lockdown rules, our region’s schools are open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

All staff at Churchtown Primary began undergoing lateral flow testing last Monday (January 18).

The school, in Southport, says the process is “running really smoothly” and improves on its “already enhanced safety measures”.

In the first week of testing, 10% of the staff tested positive for Covid-19. The results were then confirmed by a further test at a regional testing centre.

Part of a statement on the school’s website reads: “As we are currently unable to test the children we can only assume that this percentage may be the case for them as well. Therefore, to stop the potential spread of the virus we have made the difficult decision to close the school to all children and staff.

“[The closure] will be classed as a circuit breaker and school will reopen on Tuesday 2nd February. We have taken advice from Infection Control, Public Health England and Department for Education, as well as thorough scrutiny of our Risk Assessment, which has led to this important and informed decision.

“Remote learning will continue for all children.”

Primary schools were set to reopen to all pupils on January 4, following the Christmas break.

Boris Johnson advised parents to “absolutely” send their children back to primary school, where available, and said he had “no doubt” schools were safe.

But after teachers and parents alike expressed their concerns, the Prime Minister ordered the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools until at least mid-February.

According to The Times, Public Health England has said there is now a “strong case” for pupils to return to primary schools.

Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter


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