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Lea Community Primary School won’t re-open as planned due to ‘rising infection rates’

Posted on - 3rd January, 2021 - 3:33pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Education, Health, Larches, Lea, Politics, Preston News, Schools
Lea Community School in Greaves Town Lane Pic: Google
Lea Community School in Greaves Town Lane Pic: Google

A primary school in Lea has decided to delay re-opening after the Christmas break.

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Lea Community Primary School’s headteacher has written to all parents during Sunday (3 January) to explain the decision.

Lynne Slater says it is ‘unsafe’ to reopen the primary school in Greaves Town Lane.

Mrs Slater said: “Due to health and safety, a rising increase in transmission and infection rates of the virus, and following the advice of unions, unfortunately we are unable to re-open school on Monday 4 January 2021 as it is unsafe to do so.

“I apologise for the short notice, but I have to act to ensure that all members of our school community are kept safe. I really do hope you understand.

“The decision as to whether it is safe for us to re-open will be reviewed on Friday 15 January 2021 and we will update parents about this as soon as possible.”

Read more: Primary school in Ribbleton decides not to re-open after Christmas break

The school intends to continue to make provision for children of key workers and those considered vulnerable, and these are due to start from Tuesday (5 January).

Mrs Slater writes: “We will make contact with key worker parents on Monday 4 January 2021 but please plan only to use this provision if you really have no other option. The virus is spreading at such a rapid rate that the less children we have in the provision the safer it is for all our children, their families and our staff and their families; and keeping us all safe is absolutely paramount.”

A former Preston City Council cabinet member and governor at the school, John Swindells, has backed the decision by the school. He said he ‘fully supports’ the decision.

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Lancashire County Council had urged primary schools to re-open during a statement on Sunday afternoon but indicated it was an ‘individual decision’ to be made by each primary school.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged primary schools to re-open, saying they are ‘safe to do so’ and said parents should send their children to school.

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