Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

UK school shut by coronavirus outbreak as 22 people test positive

A school was forced to close for two weeks after 22 people, including staff and pupils, tested positive for Covid-19.

Kingspark School in Dundee, which reopened along with schools in Scotland on August 12, sent all staff and pupils home to self-isolate for two weeks on Wednesday.

NHS Tayside confirmed on Sunday that 17 staff members, two pupils and three community contacts had tested positive.

The school, which will undergo a deep clean while it’s closed, has around 185 pupils aged between five and 18. All pupils have additional support needs, as many have physical disabilities or medical conditions.

Two other schools in Dundee have also been linked to the cluster at Kingspark, as a result of contact tracing efforts.

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One positive case was linked to the primary school 2A class at St Peter and Paul’s School, with pupils asked to self-isolate until September 2.

Another case was linked to Downfield Primary Schools’s Happy Times after school club – all who attended were also asked to quarantine until the same date.

Meanwhile, two classes at High Blantyre Primary School in South Lanarkshire are also self-isolating, after two pupils and a member of staff received positive test results. However, the school will remain open as NHS Lanarkshire said there was no evidence to suggest further transmission.

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