Cases of Covid have closed Herefordshire primary school
A HEREFORDSHIRE elementary school is expected to close tomorrow due to the number of coronavirus cases.
St Mary’s CE Primary School in Credenhill will close from Tuesday November 23 until next Monday (November 29).
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The Herefordshire Council says it is a “circuit breaker shutdown due to Covid-19 transmission rates”.
In Herefordshire over the past seven days, a total of 918 coronavirus cases have been recorded – a rate of 474.1 per 100,000 people.
In the latest seven-day localized figures released through November 17, a total of 74 cases have been recorded in the Credenhill, Weobley and Wellington area – an increase of 47 from the previous seven-day period.
The school said in a statement posted on its website: “As you know we have had a significant increase in Covid cases within the school and as such we have had to close our classes of 3rd and 6th years.
“We have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of children and staff during the current pandemic, but despite our best efforts to reduce the risk of transmission at school, and following the notification of more cases today, we have received confirmation from the local authority and the Herefordshire Acting Director of Public Health (Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones) that the next action to be taken is to close the school for a period of one week with immediate effect .
“We are updating Public Health England daily with the latest cases of Covid-19 at school and they have assessed the risks and made their decision based on this data.
“The purpose of this break is to act as a ‘kill switch’ and stop the transmission of Covid-19 throughout the school.
“As such, the school will be completely closed to all students (places for key workers will not be available during this closure).”
The school will be closed from today (Monday November 22 at 3.15 p.m.) and will reopen on Tuesday November 30 (the breakfast club will be open).
Children will switch to online learning during school closure
The kids will now move on to online learning and the teachers in your class will be in touch through Seesaw for more details.
The school says Public Health England has advised parents to do a lateral flow test for themselves and their children.
In the event of a positive result, a confirmatory PCR test must then be booked. The results should then be sent by email at school.
All returning students are required to take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before returning to school on Tuesday, November 30.