East Sussex school to close after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

An East Sussex school has been closed for a deep clean after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Saturday, 16th May 2020, 12:14 pm

Kyra Siddall-Ward, the interim headteacher of Roselands Infant School, in Woodgate Road, Eastbourne, confirmed the news in a letter to parents on Friday (May 15).

She said the member of staff – who she could not name due to it being a confidential matter – was ‘recovering well at home’.

She wrote: “When notified, I contacted the Government Health Protection Team who provided clear advice on the steps that I should take. I contacted the team who work with the member of staff and implemented the recommendations in full.

“While the Government Health Protection Team indicated no further communication or action was required, I feel I should inform all staff and parents of pupils who have accessed the provision.

“We have followed all the other recommendations advised by the Health Protection Team including deep cleaning the work base.

“We are closing the school on Monday 18 May for a deep clean as a further precaution. We aim to open again as soon as we are confident we can do so safely and I will write to you to confirm the arrangements for next week.”

The East Sussex National Education Union said the staff member was working at a hub for pupils from Cavendish Academy, Stafford and Roselands, as well as smaller numbers from other Eastbourne schools.

They said 100 pupils and staff had been attending the same school each day.

Cavendish Academy has been approached for further information.