****MEDIA STATEMENT 09/09/20****

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Published statement:

Three members of our school community have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The leadership team are currently working with Public Health England, both regionally and locally, and Warrington Borough Council, to ensure we are doing all we can to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. We are following the government’s advice on the need for self-isolation and testing.

We continue to place our staff and pupils’ health and wellbeing central to our re-opening plans, and are taking the precaution to close two classes to minimise the risk of transmission. Please be assured that we have clear procedures and risk assessments in place to protect our children and staff as much as possible while they are in school.

Mr Metcalfe, Executive Headteacher, said: “We have been preparing for the return of pupils and it was a delight to see them back in school. It is disappointing to have to close two classes as a precautionary measure so soon after re-opening, but staff and pupils’ welfare is our top priority. Our teaching team is well prepared to deliver remote learning and we look forward to children returning at the earliest opportunity.”

A Warrington Borough Council spokesperson, said: “We are aware of the situation and are working closely with the school at this time. We are confident that the school has robust plans and safety measures in place to protect children and staff while in school.

“It is vital that everyone continues to follow the government’s guidance on social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing face coverings, to keep ourselves and others as safe as possible. If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, please book a test immediately.”