Nearly 600 children do not have access to school and nursery, as widespread bubble closures have hit several villages in the East Riding.
East Riding Council has confirmed that 598 children of preschool through grade 9 have been sent home from educational institutions in Brough, Melton, Welton and Elloughton after an increase in positive Covid-19 cases that have forced Massive closures – including an entire primary school nursery for the week.
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Welton Elementary School made the decision earlier this week to close the entire school to 266 students for a week for a deep clean in a bid to stop transmission of the virus after “a number” of cases positive.
Students were sent home even though they had not had close contact with a student who tested positive because the principal took preventative measures to stop the spread.
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Likewise, Little Acorns Nursery in Main Street, Elloughton, also took the drastic step of shutting down the private nursery this week for all 45 students after several positive cases among staff they described as a “coup.”
South Hunsley School sent out the entire Grade 9 group home earlier this week and they were asked to complete home learning until Tuesday, July 6.
The school currently has 259 home-learning children – 192 from grade 9 onwards.
Additionally, Brough Elementary School sent a letter asking the 28 grade 6 children to self-isolate.
And in a bitter disappointment for primary school leavers, a ‘transition day’ scheduled for current North Ferriby Grade 6 students to attend South Hunsley for a trial day this week was also canceled due to virus threat.
It is believed that there were six positive cases in the Grade 9 group at Melton High School, so Principal Richard Wilyman moved the entire Grade 9 group to home learning until next week.
In a letter to parents, Mr Williman said: “I made the difficult decision to ask the remaining 9th grade students to continue working from home for the next four days, returning on July 6th.
“While I understand these are difficult times for all of us, please rest assured that we continue to follow all government and local authority guidelines.”
Parents were thanked for their “continued support” during this “difficult time”.
Michelle Scott, manager of Little Acorns, in Elloughton, said; “We have closed the entire framework to protect staff and children following positive cases of Covid in the past 10 days.
“We haven’t had any cases since the start of the pandemic and we haven’t closed at all so far – so it’s a big blow. It seems our local community is feeling the force of this latest wave and we would like to thank our parents for their continued Support action.
“A deep clean-up is underway while the site is closed. The East Riding Council and Public Health team have also been very supportive.”
At Welton Primary, Principal Nicola Pidgeon wrote to parents earlier this week saying: “I am contacting you to inform you that due to a number of positive cases of the Covid virus in the past 24 hours, by measure As a precaution, the school will be closed for a thorough cleaning. You will be contacted later today with information relating to the rest of the week. “
The principal then made the difficult decision to keep the school closed for the rest of the week in order to protect the community.
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A spokesperson for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: ‘We have a number of education venues in the Brough and Elloughton areas that have had to close or send school bubbles home for s’ self-isolate as a precaution.
“While a small proportion of the school population has tested positive in each setting, it is necessary to ask the respective bubbles to return home to isolate themselves in order to protect as many children, families and staff as possible. , while helping to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Households are reminded that self-isolation means that the person who has been asked to self-isolate should stay inside their house and not play outside with their friends, show the house to someone or go to other people’s homes. “