How three South Yorkshire schools responded to positive coronavirus cases

At least three South Yorkshire schools are known to have had confirmed cases of coronavirus since reopening.

By Steve Jones
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 3:03 pm

The schools affected are Joseph Locke Primary School in Barnsley, Outwood Academy Danum and Norfolk Primary School in Sheffield.

Outwood Academy Danum announced on Sunday that a ‘member of our academy community’ had tested positive for Covid-19, with the school closed from Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June.

In a statement, they said: “The closure is a precautionary measure and gives us the opportunity to undertake even greater cleaning of the buildings and site, and we hope to welcome key students back to the academy from Monday, June 29.”

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Joseph Locke Primary School closed on Thursday, June 18 after three staff members tested positive for coronavirus. The school will now undergo a deep clean and a mobile unit close to the premises will be set up to allow staff and pupils to be tested for the coronavirus, according to Barnsley Council.

Councillor Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokeswoman for children’s services, said she did not know when the school would be allowed to reopen.

Norfolk Primary School remains open, however, with one class currently isolating at home following PHE advice. The school did not confirm whether it was a pupil of member of staff who had tested positive.

In a statement, the most senior Public Health official in Sheffield, Greg Fell, said: “The protection of pupils and staff is of paramount importance and I am satisfied that all necessary and appropriate measures have been put in place by the school.”