Primary school forced to close and pupils and staff told to quarantine after catering team member gets COVID-19
Epsom Primary School was forced to close after an external catering staff member tested positive for COVID-19. (Google Maps)
An elementary school had to close its doors, and students and staff advised to quarantine after a catering staff member tested positive for corona virus.
Epsom Primary School is closed until June 29 after it has been determined that a member of the external catering team has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter to the parents on June 12, headmistress Michelle Pollard said the case had been reported to Public Health England, and since the majority of the children in the school are receiving school lunches, it has been decided to close the school for 14 days to accommodate this Exclude risk of cross infection.
The letter added: "After a thorough risk assessment, we were advised that all children and staff who have school lunches should isolate themselves for 14 days as a precaution."
The latest closure comes after the government was forced to admit defeat for its plans that all primary school children in England should attend school before the summer break.
In the letter, the parents were assured that the risk of developing coronavirus is “low” in this case.
Pollard added: “I'm sorry to have to tell you this news, but the safety of students and staff must be our priority.
"Hopefully we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday, June 29, 2020."
The closure, which occurred less than two weeks after the reception when the first and sixth grade students returned to the classroom, was reportedly "disappointing" as it came at a time when "something normal" was returning to children.
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