Coronavirus: Third Doncaster secondary school to close as COVID-19 crisis deepens

A third Doncaster secondary school is to close as the coronavirus crisis deepens in Doncaster.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:40 pm

Outwood Academy Adwick is being closed to years 8, 9, 12 and 13 with immediate affect.

A spokesman said: “The academy is open to Year 7, 10 and 11, all other year groups should access work through Google Classroom.”

It follows its sister school Outwood Academy Danum which announced a similar closure earlier this afternoon.

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Outwood Academy Adwick.

Earlier today, McAuley Catholic High School announced its partial closure due to the outbreak.

A letter sent to Outwood parents, seen by the Free Press, said: “We will partially close with effect from 18 March.

“The Academy will be closed to students in years 8, 9, 12 and 13.

“We are conscious of exam groups in Year 10 and 11 who are currently sitting mock examinations which is essential in their preparation for the summer examinations and for this reason we must make every effort in ensuring these examinations take place.

“Whilst we equally recognise the importance of Year 12 and 13 examinations, we are conscious of transporting students between sites and want to minimise any unncessary travel or movement between schools.

“We are also taking into account the effect of closure on our youngest cohort of students and childcare arrangements.”

The school letter adds that children will be taught from home receiving internet based learning for the duration of the closure.

It was not made how long the school would be closed for.

The Armthorpe Road based school is run by the Outwood organisation, which also runs Outwood Adwick Academy at Woodlands.

Armthorpe’s Southfield Primary School has also been closed for the last two days, but is set to re-open tomorrow after a deep clean.

The school was shut after a member of staff came into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Armthorpe Leisure Centre in the village has also been closed for a deep clean after a staff member came into contact with a confirmed coronavirus case.

The Dome and Cast have also cancelled all events.