A school is to remain closed until next week following more positive Covid-19 test results within the student and staff community.
Wilsthorpe School confirmed it would be closed on Tuesday May 4 and Wednesday May 5 due to the positive results after the Bank Holiday weekend.
In an update yesterday afternoon (May 5) it was confirmed the closure would run until Monday, May 10, reopening on May 11.
In a letter from the head teacher published on the Long Eaton school’s website, it said: “In my previous letter, I committed to providing families with an update by lunchtime today. I am now able to confirm that we have made the decision to remain closed to all students.
“We have continued to receive notifications of positive Lateral Flow Test and PCR Test results from both students and staff.
“We have decided to take this cautious approach in consultation with our colleagues at The Two Counties Trust and public health agencies to limit the potential spread of Covid-19. The school will reopen on Tuesday 11th May with the usual staggered start times.”
Head teacher Mr Hobbs also confirmed it was Public Health England guidance that all pupils should self-isolate until their return.
In addition, an open letter from Derbyshire County Council to parents and carers of Wilsthorpe pupils asked for people to get tested.
A mobile testing unit will be at the school to provide this PCR testing for students, and their households/bubbles with or without symptoms. There will be drive through and walk-in facilities.
This will be located in the Wilsthorpe school car park from 9.30am to 5.30pm from today (Thursday, May 6) until Sunday.
If someone has been identified as a close contact, they must self-isolate for the full 10 days, even if they get a negative test result in that time.
An urgent joint statement was also published from two nearby schools – Parklands Infant and Nursery School and Harrington Junior School.
The statement published online today (Thursday, May 6) reads: “You will be aware that Wilsthorpe School is currently closed due to the high number of positive Covid-19 cases. The situation is now very serious.”
It added: “This may mean that Harrington and Parklands pupils will need to attend for testing if they have a sibling at Wilsthorpe.
“To assist in keeping positive cases in our schools as low as possible, we are strongly advising that any pupil with a sibling attending Wilsthorpe School does not attend our schools from tomorrow until they have completed their PCR test and a negative result has been obtained – usually between 1-3 days.”