Primary school stays open despite confirmed coronavirus case and entire class self-isolating
The Norfolk elementary school in Sheffield has a confirmed coronavirus case. (Google)
A primary school in Yorkshire has decided to stay open despite a confirmed coronavirus case that is forcing an entire class to self-isolate.
The Norfolk Primary School in Sheffield said Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Tuesday that someone at the school had tested positive.
However, headmistress Joanne Bradshaw said that since she followed the PHE advice, there was no need to close the doors.
Bradshaw added that a class is now isolating itself in a "protective social bubble".
Hovingham Primary School in nearby Leeds closed its doors after a confirmed case. (Google)
Greg Fell, director of public health at Sheffield, defended the decision that the school "reacted immediately" to the outbreak.
"Schools have well-prepared plans for how to respond to a coronavirus incident in their school," said Fell.
“This includes tests, if necessary self-insulation and, if necessary, thorough cleaning of the premises.
“As is common today, all positive cases are tracked through NHS testing and tracing, with close contacts being informed of cases and advised to isolate themselves.
“Headmasters inform Public Health England that work directly with the school, and the Council's public health team and education leadership offer broader support.
"Protecting students and staff is paramount and I believe the school has taken all necessary and appropriate measures."
A total of three schools in nearby Leeds have confirmed positive coronavirus tests.
Hovingham Primary School is among the three elementary schools in the city that have been known to confirm cases of COVID-19.
The school will reopen on June 29, Leeds Council said, but will be closed to all children and staff for the entire week to thoroughly clean the entire building.
The other two schools, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary and Crossgates Primary, remain open.
Students and staff in the affected classes have to isolate themselves for 14 days before returning to school.
The government urged elementary schools to admit first and sixth grade students to school starting June 1. Secondary schools were reopened to some students this month.
Plans to get all primary school children back in England for four weeks before the summer holidays are dropped.
But the government said it was "working to get all students back to class in September."
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