A Bedlington primary school has revealed when youngsters will return to the classroom after being pressured to shut with more than 20 staff members self-isolating.
Whitley Memorial Primary School closed its doorways on Wednesday, October 7, after being plunged right into a staffing disaster because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bedlington school initially closed over a two-day interval to permit for a deep clear, citing that its catchment space had one of many highest areas of confirmed circumstances in Northumberland.
But the school later revealed it may not proceed to function as a consequence of more than 20 members of staff being off work because of the virus.
Whitley Memorial Primary School mentioned it couldn’t assure the security and welfare of its youngsters and staff, including that it wouldn’t reopen till October 19 “on the earliest”.
It has now been introduced that staff and pupils will now return on Monday, with the exception of Morpeth and Kielder lessons who will be again within the classroom on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, following self-isolation.
Hot meals will not be obtainable subsequent week with these eligible for school meals to be supplied with a packed lunch as an alternative.
A Whitley Memorial Primary School spokeswoman mentioned: “We are happy to announce that Whitley Memorial Primary School will reopen on Monday 19 October 2020.
“The school will be open to all 12 months teams besides Morpeth class who’re returning on Wednesday twenty first October and Kielder who’re returning on Thursday twenty second October, after self-isolation.
“The choice to open has been taken by the Governing physique with the help of Public Health England, the Local Authority and the Diocese.
“The school is now capable of present a full schooling, first support and medical help, meet the cleansing wants of the school and carry out fundamental upkeep, together with heating the school.
“Unfortunately, we’re nonetheless unable to prepare dinner meals on web site this coming week. We will be capable of present packed lunches for youngsters who’re on profit associated free school meals.
“Please can all different youngsters present their very own packed lunches. The security and well-being of our staff and kids is, as all the time, our prime precedence.
“We are all trying ahead to having the youngsters return subsequent week.”
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