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Worried mums and dads at Sudley Infant School in Aigburth have decided to keep youngsters at home over concerns about the possible spread of the virus.
The school contacted parents via text to inform them that a ‘member of the school community’ had contracted the virus.
But they weren’t told about any plans for closure or that a deep clean would now be taking place, so with the Easter holidays approaching many have taken a personal decision to isolate their children.
One parent told The Guide: “Sudley is a lovely school and they have been really good in encouraging children to wash their hands regularly and stressing hygiene in class, but it was really worrying to find out that someone linked to the school had tested positive.
“We understand that it’s the sibling of one of the pupils who was admitted to Alder Hey and tested there, but a lot of parents are concerned and they don’t want to take any chances.
“We were hoping that, after we were notified, we’d get a follow-up text telling us that they’d be carrying out some kind of thorough cleaning procedure, but so far that’s not happened.
“I took my little girl into school as normal this morning, but I did consider whether it would be better to keep her off because we just don’t know how likely it is that the virus could spread. A lot of other parents don’t want to take the risk so some actually collected their children before home time yesterday, as soon as they got the text, and a lot of others haven’t gone in today.
“The ones who’ve been most concerned are those who have children with conditions like asthma, so they struggle with their breathing anyway and are likely to be more susceptible, or siblings with something similar.”
The parent added that they understood the school, which is on Dundonald Road, was likely to be following government guidelines, but that a limited amount of information had led to more panic.
“Clearly they don’t want to be specific about who is involved, and we do appreciate the need to keep that information confidential, but unfortunately by saying ‘the school community’ it’s only caused speculation and made people more nervous. At first we wondered if it might be a teacher, or one of the other pupils.
“I think these are such anxious times for everyone, and obviously everyone feels very upset for the child who has it and their family, but it’s not surprising that people want to protect their own children and they’re taking their own precautions if they feel like they’re needed.”
Liverpool City Council told The Guide Liverpool:
“There has been a confirmed case linked to the school but it is not a pupil or staff member. The head has taken all appropriate steps in line with the public health and government guidance. School remains open and pupils should attend as normal unless they have symptoms.”
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