Sunderland primary school closes for deep clean as staff member tests positive for coronavirus

A Sunderland junior school has closed for a deep clean after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19 after showing symptoms.

Thursday, 11th June 2020, 5:08 pm

Parents of pupils at Barnes Junior School, in Mount Road, say they received an ‘urgent text’ message on Wednesday, June 10, asking them to pick up their children immediately.

The sudden closure was made after a member of staff at the school began displaying symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19.

A deep clean is now being carried out at the school and the site will reopen on Monday, June 15.

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Barnes Junior School has closed for a deep clean after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus

It comes just over a week after schools across the country reopened to pupils in Year 1, Year 6 and early learning following a change to Government guidelines.

Councillor Louise Farthing, Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Skills, said: “The City Council, Together for Children, and Public Health have been informed that Barnes Junior School has temporarily closed.

“The headteacher took this decision on Wednesday 10 June and notified parents as a member of staff had displayed symptoms and then tested positive for Covid-19.

“The school had remained open to help and support the children of key workers through the lockdown and reopened for year six pupils on Tuesday 2 June.

Barnes Junior School closed immediately after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

“A deep clean is underway and the school is in regular contact with staff and parents.”

Barnes Junior School opened to Year 6 pupils on Tuesday, June 2, although the site had remained open for the children of key workers throughout lockdown.

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