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Coronavirus: Primary school to undergo deep clean following confirmed case of Covid-19

Scarva Primary School

Scarva Primary School is undergoing a deep clean following a positive test for coronavirus Covid-19.

The case, from a family member closely connected to a member school staff, was detected over the weekend.

The School’s principal, Heather Lindsay, also confirmed another member of staff informed the school this morning (Monday) that they are self-isolating, as they are experiencing symptoms.

The school has been advised to open as normal on Wednesday.

A statement released by the school said: “Over the weekend it has been brought to the school’s attention that a family member of school staff, has been confirmed positive with Covid-19.

“The family is following the advice of medical staff and the PHA. Another member of staff has just informed the school this morning that they are self-isolating, as they are experiencing symptoms, which suggest they might have the virus themselves.

In light of this information the following steps have been taken:

– Advice has been sought from the EA, PHA and 111 Help Line
– A precautionary deep clean of the school is currently taking place this morning (Monday 16th March 2020)
– The members of staff concerned are not to return to school before at least Monday 23rd March 2020 (this will be kept under review)
– The school has been advised to open as planned on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

The statement added: “Obviously, this is a rapidly changing situation and if any decision to close the school is taken, parents will be informed as soon as possible.

“The school is committed to being as transparent with parents as possible so that they can make informed decisions about their children’s attendance at school.

“This is a very concerning time for all but be assured that the school has the best interests of its pupils, staff and community at heart.

“We wish to take the best decisions to protect all those connected with the school. All we can do at the moment is follow the current advice of EA, PHA, 111 Help Line and government ministers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as we face this challenging situation.”

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