A school has been forced to close after a teacher was taken to hospital with coronavirus.
In a letter to parents and carers, Trowell Church of England Primary School in Nottingham confirmed the staff member tested positive for Covid-19 today.
The teacher is “currently in hospital, but is in good spirits”, the school said, confirming that the building will now close for two weeks.
The primary school will reopen to staff and children on Monday, September 21, NottinghamshireLive reports.
During this time, it is recommended children stay at home and self-isolate. Other members of a household can continue normal activities provided the child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.
Staff will be self-isolating and working from home.
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The letter added: “This is not the way we wanted to start the new school year, particularly as the children have re-adapted to life at school so superbly over the last few days. However, it is a necessary step to avoid spreading the virus within our local community.”
Elsewhere, another school in Nottingham has had to close after a teacher there also tested positive for coronavirus.
Mellers Primary School in Norton Street, Radford, has confirmed the infection in a statement posted on its website on Monday.
It comes after a fellow teacher also tested positive over the weekend forcing the school to close.
All Year 1 and Year 3 pupils have been told to stay at home for 14 days and register for a test if they feel unwell.
And Robert Miles Junior School in Bingham was told on Sunday (September 6) that an adult working with Year 5 pupils has contracted the disease.
All pupils in that ‘bubble’ have since been told to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with Government guidelines, alongside other staff members working alongside the Year 5 pupils.
The National Education Union has described three schools recording Covid-19 cases in the first week of term as the “unfortunate reality” of getting back open.
Dave Pike, senior regional officer for the East Midlands, says schools are working through “very delicate times” and has called for clearer guidance from the Government.
In total, there have been confirmed coronavirus cases at 62 schools in the UK since pupils returned last week.
Many schools have been forced to shut and many more to tell classes of pupils to isolate following outbreaks.
In what may be a sign of things to come for the rest of the country, Scotland has been the worst affected.
Pupils returned to the classroom several weeks earlier in Scotland than in Wales, Northern Ireland and England.