Doncaster school shut for 'circuit breaker lockdown' after staff test positive for Covid-19

A Doncaster school will be closed for the rest of the week for a ‘circuit breaker lockdown’ after staff and pupils tested positive for Covid-19.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 11:14 am

Kirkby Avenue Primary School in Bentley will not re-open until after half term after teachers and pupils were confirmed with coronavirus.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Beverley Lockwood said: “It is with deep regret that I feel that we must close school for the four remaining days of this half term.

“Larch class is closed because of a positive staff test, the office bubble is still closed because of a positive staff test and Chestnut bubble must close with immediate effect because of a child’s positive test.

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Kirkby Avenue Primary School in Bentley.

"The child has been isolating for 9 days and has just tested positive but I think it still poses a risk for transmission of the virus;

“Cherry class must close because of a member of staff testing positive after being contacted by track and trace on Thursday, other staff are isolating and we don’t want people to cross any bubbles at this time to support staffing in other bubbles.

“We are also awaiting test results for a number of children in other bubbles.

“I have discussed this at length and we feel that in order to maintain your confidence in the school we should act now to create a ‘circuit breaker’ period where further deep cleans can be carried out and we can examine all procedures and practices to see if there are any further actions we can take to minimize transmission.

“Unfortunately, it appears that at least 3 of the cases have originated from beyond school so it is very difficult to prevent all cases coming into school. We may also have had children with the virus who have been asymptomatic and so didn’t know they were ill.

“As the government tightens up socialising rules again, I would ask you all to be vigilant about where and who your family mixes with, as I am asking staff to be strict with themselves so that we can come back together after half term.

“We do not make this decision lightly as we are extremely concerned at breaking the children’s learning rhythm again, but hopefully with this week and the half term we will create a ‘breaker’.