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Bury St Edmunds primary school to remain closed after coronavirus outbreak

A Bury St Edmunds primary school which shut a fortnight ago due to a coronavirus outbreak is to remain closed.

Abbots Green Academy, in Airfield Road, closed before the half term holiday after 13 staff and 12 pupils tested positive for Covid-19 and had been due to reopen tomorrow

However, in a letter to parents today, headteacher Ang Morrison said the school will remain closed for the rest of this week after a ' significant growth in cases in Moreton Hall , additional pupil cases and the level of staff absence and illness'.

Abbots Green Academy in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton
Abbots Green Academy in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton

She said she had been working closely with Public Health England, Suffolk County Council, the Department for Education and the NHS to 'resume a safe form of education as soon as possible'.

"As a school, we remain strong in our vision, beliefs and commitment to doing the very best for our families," Mrs Morrison said.

"However, I also strongly believe that in light of the current situation and this weekend's announcements, nationally and locally, first and foremost we need to keep our children, families and staff as safe as we possibly can.

"Over the next few days, as we know more about the growing cases in our community, I will confirm plans for next week.

"There are no changes to the isolation instructions we've already give you, but I would strongly recommend that you stay at home."

Last week, West Suffolk Council issued a local coronavirus alert for Moreton Hall which recorded the highest number of new cases out of all Suffolk neighbourhoods.

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