Primary school forced to close after new Covid-19 cases

A Truro primary school has been forced to close after three positive Covid-19 cases were recorded.

Archbishop Benson CoE Primary School has taken the decision to shut its doors to staff and pupils on Thursday and Friday to undergo a deep clean

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team is now working with the school, and the decision has been taken as a precaution.

It is due to reopen on Monday (October 12).

Archbishop Benson C of E Primary School will be shut for two days

Rachel Wigglesworth, Interim Director of Public Health for Cornwall Council said: “The school has made the difficult decision to close temporarily to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and families.

“Whilst we know that this may cause childcare issues with children at home unexpectedly, this decision has not been taken lightly.”

On Tuesday, the school confirmed that it had asked a whole year group to stay home after a pupil tested positive for the virus.

The school has updated it advice to parents.

Ms Wigglesworth added: “You or your child need only book a test if you develop one of the three main COVID symptoms: A new continuous cough – that is a cough that lasts for more than an hour, or 3 coughing sessions in 24 hours – a high temperature (this does not need to be measured, but feeling warm on the chest or back) or a change to or loss of taste or smell.”

A new interactive map shows how many positive cases of coronavirus have been logged near schools.

Launched by the National Education Union (NEU) as part of its campaign to help keep schools and communities safe, the map presents “accurate, accessible and up-to-date” information from the government on the COVID-19 rate near every school in England.

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The map, which is updated every week, shows the current number of positive cases in a school’s “surrounding area” and whether there has been an increase or decrease on the numbers recorded the previous week.

It also shows whether or not the school is on a “watchlist” and links to any local restrictions that are in place.

You can book a Covid test online on the gov.uk website, or if you don’t have access to the internet call 119.

To view the map, click here.

Cornwall Live