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Partial closure for Longridge school after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

Posted on - 7th September, 2020 - 8:35am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News, Schools
St Cecilia's Roman Catholic High School Pic: Google
St Cecilia’s Roman Catholic High School Pic: Google

St Cecilia’s Roman Catholic High School in Longridge has closed to Years 7, 8 and 9 after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

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12 staff members are in self-isolation.

In a letter to parents and caregivers, St Cecilia’s headteacher Ivan Catlow said he was writing with “a heavy heart”, and apologised for the “significant disruption” caused.

Mr Catlow said: “This morning I received confirmation that a member of our staff has tested positive for Covid-19. This has not, due to the risk assessment in place, put any of our pupils at an increased risk.

“However, as a precautionary measure, due to potential staff contacts, and following advice from Public Health England North West, I have today asked a further 12 staff to self-isolate for 14 days starting from last Thursday.

“This will have an impact on my ability to run school, but the safety of our pupils and staff is, as always, my paramount concern.”

Read more: Preston City Council to make home visits to help trace coronavirus contacts

As of today (Monday 17 September), the Catholic school will only be open for Years 10 and 11.

Years 7, 8 and 9 have been asked to access learning from home, and not return to school until Thursday 17 September.

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What do you think of St Cecilia’s having to partially close? Are you a parent or caregiver who is affected by this news? Let us know in the comments.

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