Doncaster school temporarily closed after staff members test positive for Covid-19

One of Doncaster’s biggest secondary schools has been forced to close temporarily after a number of staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Ridgewood School pupils will be learning at home from tomorrow – some for two weeks.

A letter from the Scawsby school to parents states: “Unfortunately, we have received confirmation this weekend that a number of our staff members have tested positive for Covid-19. Students who have been identified as close contacts will be contacted by telephone to self-isolate for 14 days. The students identified should stay inside and not go out into the community until their self-isolation period ends.

Ridgewood School. Picture from Google Street View.

“The information below relates to all other students, who have not been in contact with the infected individual and therefore do not need to self-isolate.

“Despite few students being directly affected by this outbreak, many other members of our staff now have to self-isolate. Together with the staff that are already self-isolating (as a result of contact tracing or testing positive) this has presented a significant staffing problem and means that we cannot, next week, safely staff our school site. We are also required to carry out a deep clean of the school buildings.

“As such, the school will be closed to students and most staff (other than designated site/cleaning staff) from Monday, November 30.

“Students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will return on Tuesday, December 8, unless they or anyone in their household has symptoms of coronavirus.

“Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will return on Monday, December 14, unless they or anyone in their household has symptoms of coronavirus.

“We know that these arrangements will cause both concern and inconvenience – however, the above actions are necessary to maintain the safety of everyone in our school community. As always, we fully appreciate your co-operation in this matter.”

Arrangements for remote learning have been made, according to the letter.

The letter adds: “We would ask that parents/carers do not speculate about this announcement on social media as this can cause confusion amongst our school community. Parents/carers can support the school by trusting that we will provide you with accurate information, following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.”

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