Schools close over coronavirus cases in England

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At least two schools in England have shut their doors to all students this week over a confirmed coronavirus case

Outwood Academy Danum in South Yorkshire said they have closed until next Monday after a member of their community tested positive.

In Leeds, “an isolated case of Covid-19” has been confirmed in three schools, with one primary shutting temporarily, according to the city council

Children and staff from Hovingham Primary School will be staying at home all this week due to “the vulnerabilities of the community”.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary and Crossgates Primary will stay open but people in the “bubble” – a set group designed to reduce contact – of the infected person cannot come in.

“Each of the schools has taken appropriate and immediate action by closing the ‘social bubbles’ affected, and those children and staff will now stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days in line with the national test and trace programme.”

In Doncaster, Outwood Academy Danum said they would be closed from 22 June for a week after a confirmed coronavirus case in the “Academy community”.

“The closure is a precautionary measure and gives us the opportunity to undertake even greater cleaning of the buildings and site,” a notice on their website said, adding the school hopes to welcome back ”key students” from next Monday.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 started going back to school at the start of June after staying at home for weeks due to coronavirus.

Schools, sixth forms and colleges were also told to start providing more face-to-face contact for Year 10 and Year 12 students this month.


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