A BUBBLE at an Athersley primary school has closed after a child tested positive for coronavirus.

The social bubble in Athersley South Primary School closed today (September 7) after a child tested positive for the virus.

Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “The school was advised that a child had tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend.

“The school acted quickly and in order to ensure the safety of pupils and staff and made the decision to close the child’s bubble from Monday September 7 – parents, carers and staff were notified immediately and will be kept updated.

“In accordance with government guidance, the 57 children and four staff in the impacted bubble will not return to school until September 17.

“We’re working closely with the school, its Trust, Every Child Matters Academy Trust, and Public Health England to ensure that the bubble is able to return to school safely.

“We know that this will have caused difficulties for some parents and carers, and we would like to thank them for their understanding of the situation.

“We urge parents and carers to follow the advice given to them by official sources such as schools, the council and Public Health England.

“It’s important that if either a child or member of staff is feeling unwell, that they stay at home and let the school know as soon as possible. If they have symptoms of ccronavirus, they need to self-isolate immediately and get tested. This also applies if any members of the household is unwell."

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