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Totton school reopens day after closing for coronavirus case

Four bubbles of pupils have been asked to isolate (file photo)
Four bubbles of pupils have been asked to isolate (file photo)

A TOTTON school has reopened a day after closing because of a coronavirus case.

Abbotswood Junior School shut yesterday (Thursday) after receiving advice from Public Health England. It followed a member of the school testing positive for Covid-19. In a letter to parents on the closure, head teacher Glen Moore stressed the action was taken as a precaution.

But the school has now reopened after further discussions with Public Health England.

Four bubbles of pupils are understood to have been asked to self-isolate and study from home while the rest of the school is back as normal today (Friday).

Abbotswood head Glen Moore
Abbotswood head Glen Moore

As revealed in the A&T, Mr Moore’s letter said the closure was “not because of a widespread outbreak” and highlighted the health and safety of pupils and staff was of “paramount importance”.

He added: “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.”

It was not the only school in Totton to close; Eling Infant School also shut its doors on Thursday and it is understood it may not reopen until December.

That closure was listed online by Hampshire County Council but there was no confirmation on the infant school’s 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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