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Schools close due to coronavirus outbreaks

Eling Infant School (photo: Google)
Eling Infant School (photo: Google)

TWO Totton schools were forced to close their doors completely today due to positive cases of coronavirus.

Abbotswood Junior School sent a letter to parents informing them, while Hampshire County Council listed on its website that Eling Infant School had also shut.

Abbotswood head teacher Glen Moore said it shut the school after consulting Public Health England following a further positive case at the site.

He stressed it was a “precaution” and “not because of a widespread outbreak”. He added: “Furthermore, this decision has not been taken lightly but the health and safety of our pupils and staff is always of paramount importance.

“With regards to your child’s learning, we will be sending out a letter in the morning with details of ‘remote learning’.

“Finally, I would like to reassure the whole school community that we continue to follow government guidance in terms of social distancing, handwashing and cleanliness to minimise the spread of the virus.”

A previous letter to parents had confirmed a positive Covid-19 case at Abbotswood in October.

Abbotswood head Glen Moore
Abbotswood head Glen Moore

But the school remained open while the individual – who was described as a “school community member” – self-isolated.

Close contacts were also identified and had to self-isolate but the school said “no children” had been identified as such.

Eling Infant School’s closure was listed online by Hampshire County Council but there was no confirmation on its own website or Facebook page, and it did not respond to a request from the A&T for comment.

HCC revealed other schools which had recorded positive cases since Sunday 15th November, but remained open, included Bartley and Lymington juniors and Netley Marsh infant.

Since the start of November, according to HCC, there have been positive cases at Ringwood infant, Fawley infant, Forest Park, and St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst.

Five secondary schools have also been hit: Arnewood, Priestlands, Ringwood, Applemore and Hounsdown.

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