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More schools in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury to remain shut 'to ensure the safety of all'




More schools in Suffolk have announced they will remain shut after a rise in the coronavirus infection rate.

St Edmund’s and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Schools, in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, will reopen to key worker and vulnerable pupils only on Tuesday.

In a letter to parents, executive headteacher Maria Kemble and chair of governors Zoe Crane said: "Today the governing body has spent most of the day discussing whether our federation schools should re-open as planned on Tuesday.

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley
St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley

"They have taken into account the views of staff and the impact of any change to pupils and their families.

"They have looked at the ability of the schools to keep everyone safe from risk of infection given the increased transmission of the new variant and the situation in the local hospitals.

"They have reached the conclusion that it is not possible to do so at the moment with the mitigating factors available.

Maria Kemble. Picture Mark Westley
Maria Kemble. Picture Mark Westley

"This decision has weighed heavily on all of us. The governing body is largely made up of parents of pupils in our schools so they are fully aware of the impact their decision has for you.

"The school including pre-school will provide remote learning for all pupils and open for key worker and vulnerable pupils until 16th January.

"There will be a review on Friday 8th January and if the situation locally has changed and we can re-open earlier to all pupils, we will let you know.

"The governing body has made this decision to ensure the safety of all. "

Elveden CofE Primary Academy will also only be open for key worker children and those that fall under the vulnerable category until Monday, January 18 due to staff shortages.

Meanwhile, St Gregory CEVC Primary School, in Sudbury, announced some classes will receive remote learning for the next two weeks.

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

Suffolk County Council bosses said they will support headteachers who decide to keep their primary schools shut.

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