A PRIMARY school has been forced to close after a Year One pupil tested positive for coronavirus and a teacher is suspected of having the killer bug.
Paganel Primary School in Selly Oak, Birmingham, temporarily closed yesterday after an email was sent to staff.
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Messages sent just to staff by BirminghamLive make it clear a pupil tested positive last Thursday and a staff member was still waiting for their results.
Public Health England today confirmed a positive Covid-19 case and suspected case and said it was working with Birmingham City Council to provide advice and support to the Selly Oak school.
It is understood the school will likely be shut until the end of the week.
Year One students in UK schools are either five or six years old.
The 'Year One bubble' will not return July 9 - allowing for a two-week isolation period for the pupil's classmates.
It is understood parents of children within the bubble were told to self-isolate before another letter said there was a suspected case and the school decided to close.
Head teacher Bethan Gingell wrote in an email sent to staff only and seen by BirminghamLive: "By now you will have all received the group call that the school will be closed until further notice.
"This decision has been made following information that a year one child has tested positively for Covid-19 and a staff member has a suspected case of Covid-19.
"The Chair of Governors and myself have made the decision to close the school to everyone until we have the test result from the staff member.
"This as the letter states is a precaution to protect us all.
"As soon as we have the test result I will be in touch. it is highly likely that school will remain closed this week.
"The year 1 bubble will remain closed until the 9th July."
Angela Cartwright, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with PHE Midlands, said: “We are working closely with the school, local authority and local NHS to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The school has been advised to continue to follow national guidance and ensure that anyone with symptoms self-isolates for 7 days, and their household members isolate for 14 days.
"Staff and children in the same teaching bubble of a confirmed case must also self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
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"Testing is being discussed and if anyone who has a test has positive results, they are to inform the school, which will then notify the public health professionals.
“PHE has advised the school to organise a deep clean of the rooms and communal areas used by this group. The school closed on Monday 30 June, and the exact date for reopening will be confirmed, subject to further testing and results.
“It is important to remember that one of the most effective ways of preventing COVID-19 from spreading is frequent and thorough hand washing. Good hygiene practices such as catching coughs and sneezes in disposable tissues, should be encouraged, as should cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly and minimising contact with other people as far as possible.
“If anyone does develop symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate straight away and organise a test.”
The Sun Online contacted the school for a comment.