A second Teesside school has confirmed a number of Covid cases and has sent home children and staff from all but three year groups.
Whale Hill Primary School in Eston confirmed on Monday afternoon, May 24, that positive coronavirus cases have been identified in a number of staff.
Teachers and children from years one, two, three, four and six have been sent home with just the nursery, reception and some of the year five pupils remaining at school.
Headteacher Melanie Mellor said sending children home was ‘the last thing’ the school wanted to do but health and safety comes first.
Many of the children must now isolate at home for 10 days as per the government’s legal requirement, she said.
“The last thing we want to do is send our children home, but the safety and health of all our children and our colleagues must always come first,” she said.
“We’ve been in direct contact with parents and carers to offer clear guidance on isolating. We know it can be hard but we’ve had a good response overall and the vast majority know we all have to keep working together to keep Covid under control.
“We’re taking all the rules extremely seriously here and have rigorous risk assessments in place which is what our parents would expect. We’ll continue to be vigilant so we can get our children back, safe and healthy at school as soon as possible.”
In a joint statement issued by the 577-pupil Sandsend Road school and Redcar and Cleveland Council, parents and carers were urged to carry out tests for the virus regularly.
Government guidance stresses the importance of hand washing, maintaining social distance and wearing a mask when required to keep the virus under control, said the statement.
The primary school was the second on Teesside to confirm a number of positive coronavirus cases on Monday.
King’s Academy in Coulby Newham also issued a statement confirming it has closed entirely for the rest of the week following a number of coronavirus cases across different year groups.
A mobile testing site is being sent to the Middlesbrough school site.
NHS guidance on isolating due to Covid is available here.