School of 200 pupils shuts after child of key worker tests positive for coronavirus

A primary school of 200 pupils has closed for a deep clean after a key worker’s child tested positive for coronavirus.

Any staff members or kids who came into contact with the child at Coppice Farm Primary School in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, have been told to isolate for 14 days.

The drastic action was taken on Thursday, with an email informing parents the decision was made with a “very heavy heart”, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

Pupils at the school are aged between five and 11.

Headteacher Jason Brewster has said the school will be re-opened for groups not connected to the infected child on Monday.

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Staff and pupils in the infected child’s ‘bubble’ have been advised to isolate for 14 days


The email to parents read: “We assured you that in the instance of a positive test within our school we would inform you. 

“Thus it is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to let you know you that due to one of our key worker pupils testing positive for Covid-19, we have made the decision to close school with immediate effect.

“Whilst this premature closure only immediately affects the pupils still attending school, it also means that all staff who have come into contact with the pupil and consequently, other staff must now isolate so school cannot remain open due the staff availability.”

The email also states that next week’s  Year 6 graduation and celebration may also need to rescheduled.

Mr Brewster confirmed that the school is closed following a confirmed case of Covid-19 in school.

“As a result of one confirmed case of Covid-19 in a pupil at the school, the chair of governors and I made the decision to close the school to staff and pupils.

“All staff and children who were in the same group or ‘bubble’ as the child have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with public health guidance.

“We have reviewed our risk assessment and, as a precautionary measure, we are carrying out a deep clean of the school ahead of reopening as normal for pupils in other groups on Monday.

“Staff will continue to reinforce the key messages on social distancing and regular handwashing when pupils return.”

“All parents and staff have been informed.”

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