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Ten West Norfolk schools hit by coronavirus safety fears

At least 10 West Norfolk primary schools are not re-opening for the new term as scheduled this morning, amid growing fears over the spread of coronavirus.

Many say they have been forced to act because of uncertainty over the number of staff that would attend, after unions advised teachers it was unsafe for schools to open.

Officials of the primary schools at Brancaster and Docking have said they will be closed until at least Wednesday.

Many schools are not re-opening as planned this morning.
Many schools are not re-opening as planned this morning.

They said the move was taken because "staff have exercised their contractual right not to attend until they feel it is safe to do so."

Both the South Wootton Infant and Junior Schools, along with the primaries in Great Massingham, Harpley, Necton and Watlington, have also taken the decision to shut today because of uncertainty over the numbers of staff attending and to enable contingency plans to be made.

Meanwhile, the Hillcrest Primary in Downham and the Wormegay Primary say they will be open to the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils only.

In total, Norfolk County Council's webpage for emergency school closures lists more than 100 sites across the county as being affected by disruption today.

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday insisted classrooms were safe for children to return to, there are growing calls for all schools to close for now because of the acceleration in cases caused by a new variant of the virus.

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