Schools across the country are now closing indefinitely as some “staff members” are showing signs of coronavirus along with some “parents.”
Sir Patrick Vallance, the governments chief scientific advisor warned on Tuesday afternoon the UK “may have up to 55,000 coronavirus cases already.”
The prime minister warned on Monday “now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and to stop all non-essential travel”
Manor Green School in Maidenhead announced on Tuesday “We find ourselves in a situation whereby around 35% of staff members are currently not in work, not all with symptoms.
“However, the number of suspected cases is very much on the increase and we are certain that the number of staff members and students being off will continue to increase at a rate that is difficult to keep on top of.”
The school added, “This decision was not made lightly and was made in conjunction with Governors and the Local Authority.
“We appreciate that this will cause many implications for our students, their parents/carers, and wider family members but there is no other viable option at this time without compromising the safety of our students.”
A parent told LondonLovesBusines, that their “child has been off school since last Friday after a staff member from his class is ‘strongly suspected’ of have coronavirus, but cannot be tested as the person had not travelled and had not been in any known contact with an infected person.
“Some parents are suspected to have the virus.”
Special needs schools are now closing “indefinitely” across parts of the UK with “immediate effect.”
“Headteachers who form part of The BASS Group” have announced the school closures on Tuesday.
The school added, “Staff will continue to work (both from home and a minimal number in school) so that on-going educational material can be provided to parents/carers which students can do at home. We are also looking at ways we can support our students in receipt of Free School Meals.
“All students have been set up with a school email address and added into a class group on Microsoft Teams for parents or students to access home learning. Class staff will be in contact with you directly with regards to work being sent home.”
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