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Class 'bubbles' at West Norfolk primary school close for the day after child shows coronavirus symptoms

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Three class 'bubbles' have been closed at Gaywood Primary School today after a child displayed symptoms of coronavirus.

The West Norfolk Academies Trust took the precautionary measure to close these bubbles as the pupil's sibling and mum are also part of the school community, but these bubbles will re-open tomorrow.

Neil Mindham, Gaywood Primary School headteacher, said: "As the child wasn't at school when they were symptomatic, we have been advised by Public Health England that these three bubbles can re-open following the deep clean that we are doing today."

Landmark images in Gaywood - Gaywood sign.. (36408128)
Landmark images in Gaywood - Gaywood sign.. (36408128)

It comes after the trust closed two bubbles at Heacham Junior School yesterday after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. These will re-open next week.

Andy Johnson, West Norfolk Academies Trust Executive headteacher, said that the Gaywood pupil with symptoms, as per government guidance, will isolate for seven days and be tested.

He added that the other members in his household – including another sibling who attends Springwood – will also need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Mr Johnson added: "As the Springwood pupil is not displaying any symptoms, we were able to relocate his bubble whilst the classroom they were in yesterday was given a deep clean.

"This student won't return to school until they have been tested.

"We also contacted all relevant Springwood parents this morning and they were given the option to collect their child if they wished but none did."

Roger Livesey, chair of the trust, added: "As we wait to discover the result of the test, we have given our parents the option to keep their children at home.

"We have also encouraged all Gaywood Primary School parents to remind their children about social distancing and washing their hands regularly, and if their child shows any symptoms of Covid-19 to register to be tested within three days."

The trustees of the West Norfolk Academies Trust have also approved plans for the further re-opening of the trust's four secondary schools.

Year 10 students will receive mentoring sessions at Springwood, St Clements, Marshland and Smithdon from Monday, June 15.

Year 12 Springwood students will also receive face-to-face lessons with a morning of each subject.

Key worker and vulnerable children provision will continue for other pupils for the remainder of this term.

The plan was provisionally agreed by trustees on Monday, June 1 but was only confirmed today following consultation with staff.

Roger Livesey, chair of the trust, said: "The trustees have agreed a plan to increase our secondary school provision from June 15 based on Government guidance following consultation with staff."

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