Blackpool school shuts until next month after Covid outbreak

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Layton Primary School will shut after today and not reopen until July 6

 

A primary school has been forced to temporarily close after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among pupils and staff.

Layton Primary School in Blackpool will shut after the end of today (June 28) and not reopen until next Tuesday (July 6).

Headteacher Jonathan Clucas said the decision has ‘not been taken lightly’ and follows a ‘considerable period of discussion’ with school leaders.

The building on Meyler Avenue will undergo a deep clean in preparation of next week’s return and e-vouchers will be provided for parents of children entitled to free school meals.

The latest Public Health England figures show Blackpool has recorded a further 57 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period.

In a letter to parents, Mr Clucas wrote: “I am writing to inform you that due to a number of Covid cases in school and the subsequent self-isolation of several members of staff and children, we have taken the decision to close Layton Primary School at the end of the school day today – Monday 28th June until Tuesday 6th July.

“School will undergo a deep clean whilst closed. Children will return to school on Tuesday 6th July.

“The decision to close has not been taken lightly and has been made after a considerable period of discussion with Paul Turner, Assistant Director – Education, SEND and Early Years.

“We will revert to home learning in the interim period. Children will be provided with work from class teachers via the usual means. Those families entitled to Free School Meals will receive an e-voucher.

“Schools are not immune to the rise in cases. We are taking as many precautions as we are able; however, there will inevitably be cases in school as restrictions in society ease and people mix, albeit in small numbers. This impacts on staffing levels and, in turn, health and safety.

“Operationally, on this occasion, with key staff isolating, it is currently not viable for the school to remain open. We all must remain cautious at this time.

“I do hope that you all understand that our highest priority is the safety of our children and that you are able to understand that whilst we are sure this decision may inconvenience all of us, it has been made for the correct reasons.

“Thank you for your understanding.”