Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield closed after two staff members test positive for Covid

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A Sutton Coldfield school has been closed for a week after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Wylde Green Primary School shut after lessons ended on Friday, November 6 and will not reopen until this Wednesday, November 18.

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A letter was sent from headteacher Donna O’Toole informing parents of the decision to close the school.

She said the “significance of the staff identified as contacts” had led her to make the “very difficult decision to close the whole school.”

The letter said: “Regrettably, I have been notified this afternoon that two staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 within Wylde Green Primary School.

“I have liaised with the DFE to ensure we are taking the appropriate actions to keep our school community in good health.

“Fortunately only a small number of children are classed as ‘contacts’ and therefore need to isolate. The parents of these children have been notified.

“However, the significance of the staff identified as contacts has led me to make the very difficult decision to close the whole school until Wednesday November 18.

“The decision has been made in consulation with the chair of governors.

“Please accept my apologies for the timing of the letter on a Friday evening. However, school leaders have been working tirelessly since the notification of the positive tests, to take the necessary steps and advise all the stakeholders of the implications.

The letter was sent out to parents on November 6 and the school has been shut since then.

A Great Barr school has also been forced to close after a large number of Covid cases were reported.

Q3 Academy confirmed its Wilderness Lane-based building would remain shut for a week after the positive results.

A spokesman for the site said, due to many self-isolating, they were “insufficient staff to safely open and run the academy.”

It is due to reopen on Monday, November 23.





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