A number of pupils are self-isolating after four confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded at a North Staffordshire primary school.
Springhead Primary School, in Talke Pits, wrote to parents advising them of the situation earlier in the week.
Children in nursery, year 1, year 4 and year 6 are asked to stay at home.
As a precaution all members of staff at the school are now being tested for the virus.
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Headteacher Mr Anderson, who is also self-isolating, advised parents that the year 6 and year 1 classes would be able to return to school on Friday, December 4.
And he described the current situation as ‘the most challenging time’ of his teaching career.
His letter read: “As you will be aware from the letter I sent at the beginning of the week, we have been advised that there has been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.
“As a result of this, we have had to contact parents of children in both the nursery and year 4 and advise that their children need to stay at home and self isolate. The cases that impacted on both classes are not connected.
“Members of staff in both year 6 and year 1 are getting tested and so both classes are at home today whilst we wait for the results.
“Children in other classes do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, we have arranged for all staff to be tested so that we will get the results over the weekend.
“As a result of the current situation, a significant number of children and staff are having to isolate because they may have been in contact with someone with Covid-19.
“Some of these have come through the track and trace app. The school is therefore running on a reduced staff team. The admin team and I are all currently isolating. Please have patience when contacting the school.
“The current situation is the most challenging time of my teaching career and I know that is of concern to you all. We are following the guidance from Staffordshire County Council and have put Covid-safe procedures in place in school.”