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Litcham School announces partial closure following coronavirus outbreak

A Breckland school will be partially closed tomorrow following a coronavirus outbreak there.

Officials at the Litcham School say its secondary phase will be shut to pupils on Monday, for additional cleaning work to take place.

In a letter to parents, which was published on the school's website yesterday, headteacher Robert Martlew said: "I can confirm that we now have a handful of positive cases within the school.

Coronavirus (42210241)
Coronavirus (42210241)

"We have been working closely with the Norfolk Outbreak Management Team at Norfolk County Council and Public Health England and today I met with them to discuss the actions that we have taken so far, and our coronavirus protocols.

"I am pleased to say that Public Health England and Norfolk County Council are happy that we are doing everything possible to keep our students safe and the measures that we have in place are excellent.

"We will continue to monitor the situation, work with the public health teams and follow current government guidance.

Litcham School.
Litcham School.

"However, as an organisation, we have made the decision to close the Litcham Secondary Phase on Monday 5 October, for one day only.

"This will allow us to do an extra deep clean of the school, as well as ensuring that we have the right organisational systems in place to ensure that we can continue running effectively while people are isolating for the necessary 14‐day period.

"In addition to this, in line with test and trace procedures, all close contacts of anybody who has testedpositive should isolate for 14days – relevant staff and parents of relevant pupils have been notifiedseparately of this.

"Our Primary Phase will remain open and teaching for all secondary year groups will resume on Tuesday 6 October.Any pupils self‐isolating will move to our remote learning plans.

"We would like to thank all students, parents and staff for their continued support throughout this term, and to reassure them that we will continue to take all the steps necessary to reduce risk, including an enhanced deep cleaning regime."

The move follows the announcement of cases at the Springwood High School in Lynn and the Snettisham Primary School in recent days.

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