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Haverhill school closes two year groups after positive Covid tests




More than 100 children at a Haverhill school are now having to self-isolate after a number of pupils tested positive for Covid-19.

All of the pupils in four classes, two in each of years three and four, at Westfield Primary Academy in Chalkstone Way are now having to isolate themselves until May 11 after the test results became known over the bank holiday weekend.

Toni Kittle, headteacher at Westfield Primary Academy, said: “We can confirm that we have had to close our Year 3 and Year 4 bubbles due to positive Covid tests.

Westfield Primary Academy headteacher Toni Kittle, pictured last year with the school's dog, Frazzle
Westfield Primary Academy headteacher Toni Kittle, pictured last year with the school's dog, Frazzle

“We have a total of 119 pupils isolating and eight staff members.

“This is of course deeply regrettable, but it is important that we acted quickly to show how seriously we take the situation while also reassuring all other year groups and their families.

“Our staff have been exceptional to ensure those pupils isolating have a comprehensive home schooling programme, which began on Tuesday morning with online registration and will last for the period of the isolation.

“I would also like to thank our parents who have been hugely supportive over the last few days.

“We are also grateful for the immediate support from Public Health England and Suffolk County Council.”

In a message via Class Dojo, the platform used by the school to communicate to parents and carers, Mrs Kittle had also said: “We have now been responding to Covid-19 for 14 months and feel proud that this is the first time we have had to make closures.”

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