A Cornwall school has shut for the rest of the week due to an increased number of confirmed Covid cases among pupils.
Mithian School, on the outskirts St Agnes, wrote to parents on Monday (September 27) to say that it had been affected by an “increased number” of Covid cases that were reported over the weekend by families.
As a result bosses took the “difficult decision” to close the primary school site for the rest of this week – switching to online learning.
It said a number of its pupils’ families reported positive Covid cases ahead of the school week and that when the school reopens from the closure there will be some restrictions in place.
The letter sent home to parents and guardians reads: “I apologise for the timing of this letter, however, Public Health England have been monitoring the cases throughout the day both in the school and local area. I have been speaking to the DfE and Public Health England all day, along with TPAT Health and Safety regarding a decision in respect of our school.
“Following an increased number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend for our families, and after careful consideration with Public Health England, we have taken the difficult decision to close the school from today (Monday October 27) and therefore move to online learning from tomorrow (Tuesday September 28).
“The school will reopen on Monday October 4. I will be putting some restrictions in again on Monday and will be monitoring the situation. I regret that I was not able to discuss this with your child as we would always endeavour to do prior to such a decision.”
The head teacher added that there is no longer a requirement on educational settings to identify close contacts of students and staff with Covid-19, but that the school is continuing to work with Public Health England to prevent a further spread.
All pupils were encouraged to take a PCR test and to let the school know the results.
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