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School closes to students in reception as teaching staff test positive

A school has been forced to close to all pupils in reception due to the number of staff testing positive for Covid.

Parents with children at Moston Fields Primary School, in Moston, Manchester, have been asked to keep them home this week and they will receive an update on Friday on what will happen next week.

Two reception staff had already tested positive and the school took action after a third member of staff succumbed to the virus.

A letter to parents says: ‘Unfortunately over the past week we have had 2 members of reception staff test positive for Covid but today we learned that a 3rd member of teaching staff from reception also tested positive.

“We had tried to get supplies, but with the number of supplies needed going to 3, it’s impossible.

“With this low level of staff, we are unable to provide a safe environment under these circumstances.”

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The mother-of-one on reception at school said it made him wary of returning, but she would prefer he was home if it meant he was safer.

“He doesn’t want to come in, he just said ‘will my teachers still have it next week, I don’t want to have Covid mum’.

“I’m worried about Covid so I would prefer my kids to be home.”

The closure comes as school leaders warn of weeks of potential disruption as schools reopen amid soaring Omicron cases.

Moston Fields Primary School is closed to Reception pupils

Earlier we reported how another primary school – Haveley Hey Community School in Benchill, Wythenshawe – closed to Year 6 pupils due to ‘staffing issues’.

Many school leaders have already put in place back-up plans for homeschooling and virtual classes as Covid cases continue to spread like wildfire through the workforce.

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