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Two more West Norfolk schools hit by coronavirus crisis fears




More West Norfolk primary schools have joined the list of those which are either fully or partially closed today because of coronavirus concerns.

The Fairstead and Gayton primaries have joined 10 others in the area that have been affected by the crisis, while many others were not scheduled to return today because of planned training days.

An update issued via the Norfolk County Council webpage for emergency school closures said the Fairstead school would be completely closed for today and tomorrow and only re-open to the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils from Wednesday.

Homeschooling is set to become the reality for many children once again.
Homeschooling is set to become the reality for many children once again.

Meanwhile, emergency planning work is underway at Gayton and the school is only open to the children of key workers and vulnerable youngsters.

Elsewhere, the Heartwood Primary School in Swaffham is only fully open to children in Reception and Year Three. Children of key workers and vulnerable pupils only are being accommodated in the nursery and Key Stage One.

The Lockwood Short Stay School in Lynn is also only operating for key workers' children and vulnerable pupils.

Separately, the Middleton Primary Academy is fully closed today, though that is due to a heating system failure.

Overall, a total of 122 schools in the county that were expected to open today are currently known to be either fully or partially shut.

The disruption follows calls by unions to move all teaching online because of the rise in coronavirus cases. The National Education Union, the largest union in the sector, has also advised its members working in primary schools not to attend.



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