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School closes days into new term after half of pupils test positive for coronavirus


The school, called Cradoc Primary School, saw 40 percent of pupils and 50 percent of staff test positive for the deadly pathogen. The local authority in Powys where the school is located said they had no alternative but to close the premises. Interim chief executive of Powys County Council Lynette Lovell said: “We can confirm that Cradoc Primary School has closed due to rising Covid cases.

“Despite the school’s best efforts to mitigate the risk of infection among pupils and staff, including limited contact groups, daytime cleaning, handwashing, ventilation and outdoor learning, the number of positive cases within the school has increased.

“Cases have increased significantly over the past couple of weeks.

“This has seen approximately 40 percent of pupils and 50 percent of staff currently testing positive.”

The news comes as the whole of Year 9 at Cwmtawe Community High School near Pontardawe have been sent home for a week due to high cases of the disease.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation throughout the week.

“All Year 9 pupils should log on to Microsoft Teams via Hwb and follow their usual timetable.

“Teachers will make every effort to ensure appropriate work is available and, where possible, live lessons will take place.”

Referring to the rising rates of coronavirus in Wales the country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford spoke to WalesOnline and said: “What we want is a more flexible system.

“A system where decisions are made closer to the ground and where we can avoid situations where whole classes of children are being sent home because one child might have tested positive.

“We’ve learned different techniques and different ways of doing things and we will have to manage the fact that there will be coronavirus in schools as there is everywhere else.

“But, we must act in a way that minimises disruption on teachers, parents and other staff in schools and particularly for children themselves.”

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