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Surge in positive coronavirus cases forces closure of Hordle C of E Primary School & Nursery till September

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A SURGE in Covid-19 cases has forced a New Forest school and nursery to close its doors to all but the children of key workers for the rest of the summer term.

Breaking the news in a letter to parents and guardians on Wednesday, Fiona Adams, head teacher of Hordle C of E Primary School and Nursery, said online learning would relaunch from the moment the closure came into effect yesterday (Thursday).

The governing body’s decision for pupils to once again stay at home followed discussions with Public Health England, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Team, and the local authority.

Hordle C of E Primary School and Nursery will remain closed to all but key workers' children until September (photo: Google)
Hordle C of E Primary School and Nursery will remain closed to all but key workers' children until September (photo: Google)

“This is due to an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases within our school in the last seven days, and the consequent impact on a number of our year group bubbles,” Mrs Adams’ letter explained.

The Hordle Lane facility is due to reopen fully at the start of autumn term on 2nd September.

But Mrs Adams emphasised the continued on-site provision for key workers’ children depended on sufficient staff to provide “safe and appropriately skilled care”. She assured further updates on this group would be given.

“While this is regrettable, I am confident that we are acting responsibly to what has been a quickly developing situation,” the letter continued.

“The view of the governing body is that in these unprecedented circumstances, we must all do what we can to prevent any further spread of infection, and keep our school community safe.”

Mrs Adams vowed the remote learning for affected pupils would continue to meet high standards expected from families.

She also sought to assure that pupils’ social and emotional welfare would be prioritised, with opportunities to socially engage with each other safely and securely.

Continued service from staff was also promised, including online learning reviews with class teachers, end of year awards, celebrations and services. There is even the prospect of an online talent show.

The letter went on: “As I am sure you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult decision to make and indeed we are truly devastated, not least for our Year 6 pupils for whom this represents a very disappointing end to their primary career.

“We also know that for our working parents, this is equally unwelcome news and we can only apologise for the disruption and hope that the rationale above will assure you that this was a deeply considered decision, which was not made lightly or without full consideration of the wider implications.”

Thanking everyone for their support throughout the pandemic, Mrs Adams added: “Alas, it appears that this storm is yet to run out of rain but I have every conviction that Team Hordle, being the strong and amazing community it is, will continue to put our children at the very centre of all that we do – remaining strong whilst we are together or apart.”

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