Coronavirus: Primary school closes after three staff members test positive for COVID-19
Joseph Locke elementary school in Barnsley, which suffered from an outbreak of the corona virus (Image: SWNS)
A primary school was temporarily closed after three employees tested positive for coronavirus.
The Joseph Locke Elementary School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire was closed for thorough cleaning on Thursday when the Headmaster sought advice from Public Health England (PHE).
The Barnsley Council said two of the infected employees were from the same household and the other "had no close, direct contact with children."
Since then, 75 children and 67 employees have been offered COVID-19 tests.
A Barnsley Council spokesman said: “To ensure that this is easily accessible, a mobile test unit will visit a location near the school so that children and staff can be tested.
"For children and employees who have not been to school since Monday, June 15th, tests will be delivered to their home address to avoid unnecessary trips."
The Barnsley Council has since offered 75 children and 67 employees coronavirus tests (Image: SWNS).
City Councilor Margaret Bruff said she didn't know when the school would reopen.
She added: "The safety of children and employees is a priority for us.
"Parents, caregivers and staff have been contacted with information to help them take appropriate precautions and arrange tests. They will be kept informed of the reopening of the school.
"We know that this has caused some difficulties for some parents and carers and we would like to thank them for their understanding of the situation."
"It is important to acknowledge that school staff and children like everyone else in Barnsley can develop symptoms and test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)."
The school was closed due to a thorough cleaning (Image: SWNS)
Labor Councilor Bruff said they have clear policies, protocols, and guidelines for schools to reduce any risk as much as possible.
This includes clear protocols for responding to children or adults who have tested positive or show signs of illness.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that children of all ages in England should be able to return to school five days a week in September.
The prime minister said he should "watch this room" when asked if the social distance restrictions could be reduced from two meters to one to help schools return in the fall.
Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson suggested expanding the elementary class size of 15, known as "bubbles", to its normal size to have more children back in the classroom.
Gavin Williamson announces £ 1 billion catch-up fund for schoolchildren
Gavin Williamson said the government would "not allow an entire generation to lose their education." "That's why we're launching a £ 1 billion Covid catch-up plan that will improve results for all students," he said.
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