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Primary school in Fishwick will close as staff follow union advice not to attend workplace due to coronavirus concerns

Posted on - 3rd January, 2021 - 3:57pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Fishwick, Health, Politics, Preston News, Schools
Fishwick Primary School in Downing Street Pic: Google
Fishwick Primary School in Downing Street Pic: Google

A primary school in Fishwick is moving to remote learning and won’t be re-opening after the Christmas holidays.

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Fishwick Primary School’s headteacher has written to parents about the ‘unavoidable school closure’ on Monday (4 January) and then the switch to remote learning.

Vicki Conway said: “I am so sorry to be emailing you at such short notice regarding the start of school on Monday but as I am sure you will be aware from the news there have been calls to keep schools closed for a period of two weeks to reduce the spread of the new strain of Covid-19.

“Due to the uncertainity around the new variant of Covid-19 and how easily it is transmissable, and the lack of evidence from the government to assess the safety of pupils and staff, teaching unions and support staff unions are advising their members not to attend work if they feel unsafe returning to the work place under these conditions.

“As the majority of the staff have followed their union advice we are unable to open to all children over the next two weeks.

“As such there will be remote learning provided and as in the summer term we will be opren for those children deemed vulnerable and for those of key workers.

“Due to the short notice of this I will be calling an unavoidable school closure tomorrow for all children in order to provide time to assess who will require a key worker place.”

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Any parents who believe their child needs access to the school should email head@fishwick.lancs.school.uk

The primary school in Downing Street is the third in Preston to announce it will remain closed following Blessed Sacrament and Lea Community Primary.

Lancashire County Council has urged primary schools to follow government advice and re-open, but also said they would support each ‘individual decision’ made by each school.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged primary schools to remain open, saying ‘it is safe’ and said parents should continue to send their children to school – unless in an area where the government has ordered schools to shut.

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