Schools across the Staffordshire Moorlands hit by Covid-19

MORE Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at schools across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Faber Catholic Primary School, in Cotton, has closed and students have been sent home from Blythe Bridge High, Painsley Catholic Academy, in Cheadle, and Westwood High School, in Leek.

Children from the 85-pupil Faber are being given ‘live’ online lessons and other work to do at home.

Youngsters from class four will return to school on Wednesday next week. Other classes are due back two days later.

It is not been revealed if pupils or members of staff have contracted the virus.

The school is part of The Painsley Catholic Academy, a multi-academy company covering 15 Catholic schools in Staffordshire.

Chief executive Steve Bell said: “The school has shut on the advice of the local outbreak team due to a small number of positive cases. We have got to put health and safety first.

“It is a small, rural school and we felt it was prudent to close the school for the isolation period,"

Year 11 students Painsley Catholic College have been instructed to self-isolate.

It is understood that a pupil tested positive and now 26 pupils in the year group are now staying at home as a precaution.

Two more cases have been confirmed at Blythe Bridge High School affecting students in years 9 and 12.

It follows cases involving pupils in years nine and 10 at the school late last week.

More pupils have been told to self-isolate for the next two weeks following the latest incidents. They were reported by Public Health England over the weekend.

Year 10 pupils at Westwood College, in Leek, are now self-isolating and taught online following a positive virus case. They will return next Wednesday (Nov 18).

In a letter to parents, Westwood headteacher Matthew Taylor said: "We have been made aware that a member of the school community has tested positive for Covid-19.

"We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

"If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period."

Picture: Westwood College in Leek.


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