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Headteacher of St Edmund's Catholic Primary, Bury St Edmunds, 'devastated' after having to ask all students to work remotely due to coronavirus cases among children and staff




A Bury St Edmunds primary school headteacher says she is 'devastated' after positive coronavirus cases among staff and students have meant her asking all her children to work remotely.

Maria Kemble, head at St Edmund's Catholic Primary, has ordered a deep clean of the school today after a number of positive test results at the end of last week and into this week.

All her students are currently studying from home.

Maria Kemble, headteacher at St Edmund's Catholic Primary in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley.
Maria Kemble, headteacher at St Edmund's Catholic Primary in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley.

Maria said she was 'devastated' to have to ask children to stay at home towards the end of term.

"I just feel so awful that we were so close to the end of term and we are back to this," she said.

"The amount of things that we were meant to be planning this week.

St Edmunds Catholic Primary school sign. Picture: Mark Westley.
St Edmunds Catholic Primary school sign. Picture: Mark Westley.

"The amount of things that we were supposed to be doing, sports days, activities."

Maria said she was hoping to have children and staff returning by the end of the week, but each day more positive cases were arising.

"The difficulty is that each day I'm getting positive results and some staff are having to isolate," she said.

"So even though the children of the classes might be here I haven't got staff."

She added the new Delta variant of the virus seemed to be ripping through school quicker than previous variants and the situation at the school was a 'nightmare' at the moment.

It comes after The Sunday Times revealed yesterday Covid-19 cases in the young in England have risen to their highest level since January.

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