Primary school closed for deep clean due to suspected coronavirus case
PUBLISHED: 10:23 16 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:06 16 March 2020
A primary school in Suffolk has closed for a deep clean after a student developed coronavirus symptoms.
Shotley Community Primary School has been closed today (Monday, March 16) as a precaution after one of its pupils developed symptoms of the virus, known as COVID-19.
It is understood the closure is connected to a local nursery, which also closed due to a suspected case.
Shotley Kidzone, in Main Road, posted on Facebook to say it is now closed in order to undergo a deep clean of the premises due to a 'probable' case of coronavirus.
However, an official from Asset Education, the academy chain behind the primary school, said that case cannot be confirmed as the child has not been tested.
The official said the school 'thought it best' to carry out a deep clean and is due to open tomorrow, following a deep clean.
Shotley Kidzone is also due to reopen on Tuesday.
Clare Flintoff chief operating officer for Asset Education said: 'We have taken the precautionary measure of closing Shotley Primary school for the day in order to undertake a deep clean of the school.
'The school will be open as normal from tomorrow (Tuesday) and there is no need for alarm.
'A child at the school became ill over the weekend and NHS 111 advised a 'probable coronavirus' diagnosis. They were told to self-isolate and inform the school.
'Clearly there are a lot of illnesses going around - coughs and colds - which are normal for this time of the year and we are being extra cautious in keeping all of our schools as clean as possible and advising staff and children with any signs of illness to stay away.
'We want to be able to keep schools open so that people can get to work, especially medical staff, and we want to make sure that children are kept safe.
'It is important to remember that as adults we are modelling how to respond to a crisis to our children.
'They need to see us react calmly and in a considered and compassionate way that puts peoples' safety first without causing any panic.
'Being flexible and working together to support each other through these difficult times is essential.
'We need to consider the long term mental health of our young people as we make these decisions and we need our schools and homes to be places where they feel safe and reassured.'
Official figures currently suggest there are three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Suffolk. However as many people have not been tested, it is believed there are likely to be many more.
So far, three patients are officially known to have the virus in Suffolk while one patient has tested positive in Norfolk.
Nationally, 35 people are known to have died from the disease - 14 of those deaths were confirmed yesterday.