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Suffolk County Council 'will support' headteachers who decide to keep their school shut after Covid-19 spike




Suffolk County Council bosses say they will support headteachers who decide to keep their primary schools shut amid a rise in coronavirus infections.

In guidance for parents today, the authority said some schools may not have enough staff to open safely after the 'rate of Covid infection increased in Suffolk over the Christmas break'.

A council spokesman said: "It is a headteacher's decision, with their governing body/trust, as to whether they can open safely.

Suffolk County Council bosses say they will support headteachers who decide not to open their primary schools.
Suffolk County Council bosses say they will support headteachers who decide not to open their primary schools.

"Suffolk County Council will support any school leader who makes a decision not to open for the majority of pupils from 4 January.

"Each school will be responsible for this decision.

"Parents and carers should check their school communications to see if their school is open or closed."

If a school is closed, children of key workers and vulnerable children 'will be invited to attend as soon as possible'.

The spokesman added: "In these circumstances, contact your school to confirm your place in school - every school must open for those children.

"It may take schools a day or two, or more, to know whether they have enough staff to reopen to all children safely.

"Keep looking out for messages from your child's school. Children will be given some remote learning if their school is closed and they are at home."

Lavenham Community Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley
Lavenham Community Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley

Today, Lavenham Community Primary School announced it would stay closed for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus infection rate 'spiralling ever upward'.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Rory Michael said the 'infection rate is now so high that the danger it presents to pupils, staff and the wider community outweighs the benefit of having pupils in school'.

This morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had 'no doubt' that classrooms are safe and that the risk to young people was 'very, very small' amid calls from teaching unions to close all schools for the next fortnight.

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