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TWO cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at a Derby primary school that has now been closed to undergo a deep-clean.

Springfield Primary School had remained open for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils after school closed across the country for other pupils in March.

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Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at Springfield Primary School in Derby[/caption]

The school, situated in Spondon, cannot name the two people who have now tested positive for the virus, meaning everyone who has been at the school in recent weeks will need to self-isolate.

David Blackwell, chief executive of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust, which runs Springfield and five other junior and primary schools in Derby, said the trust first became aware of the diagnoses on Thursday.

"The school will close now for 14 days because all of those who were attending are now in self-isolation and there is no need for us to be open," he told Derbyshire Live.

"We will be deep cleaning the school and carrying out additional cleaning.

"But we are happy that the cases do not affect any other school in the trust and is confined to Springfield Primary."

The news comes days after the Sheiling School, a special needs school near Bristol, was forced to close after two teachers tested positive for coronavirus.

The government is currently asking school to prepare to begin receiving pupils in certain age groups again from June 1, though Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said schools will reopen their doors only if it is safe for them to do so.

Mr Blackwell previously told Derbyshire Live that adhering to government advice that each classroom should have a maximum of 15 pupils was unworkable in practise.

He also said it could be hard to persuade staff and parents that it would be safe to return.

"These two cases emphasise what can happen very quickly in a school environment," Mr Blackwell said.

"We are still working towards re-opening to some pupils on June 1 but with an enhanced resource facility of 15 pupils and more staff needed to supervise them to consider.

"It could be difficult to accommodate all of them and get a full year group in.

"Transport will also be an important factor as many of them normally come to school by taxi, which also has its own social distancing problems."

He also suggested that pupils and teachers will need to work together in fixed groups to allow schools to remain open sustainably.

"This would mean that if anyone had coronavirus confirmed in the group then only those children, and associated staff, would have to self-isolate and not the whole school," he said.


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