Catterick Garrison primary school closes due to Covid-19 cases

Wavell Junior School. Photo: Google.

A Catterick Garrison primary school has closed after confirmed cases of Covid-19, the county council has confirmed.

Two members of staff at Wavell Schools’ Federation have tested positive for the virus.

Stuart Carlton, North Yorkshire County Council director of the children and young people’s services, said the school has closed for a “short period of time to protect the school community”.

He added: “This is due to two members of staff testing positive for Covid-19 and they and close contacts needing to self-isolate.

“We hope that they recover quickly and are well.”

Mr Carlton said Wavell was one of only three schools that have closed since the beginning of this school year out of 1,000 education settings in North Yorkshire.

He added: “Our schools remain very safe places.

“We take rapid and timely action whenever there are cases of Covid in schools and currently we are working with 44 settings; a small proportion of the total.

“On the whole, these are schools where only one pupil or member of staff is affected and we take swift action with Public Health colleagues to isolate that case and close contacts, rather than closing down whole classes or class bubbles.”

Mr Carlton said the local authority worked closely with schools and educational settings to keep schools Covid-secure and this was proving effective.

“Most Covid cases are brought into school, contracted between households and through social contact, rather than transmission in school.

“Swift action in isolating the individuals involved means in-school transmission is largely prevented.

“Parents need to know that schools are very safe and the best place for their children is in school, getting on with their learning among their peers.  School attendance figures in North Yorkshire are high, and parents can be reassured that where there are cases of Covid in school action is taken very quickly and transmission is contained.”

The education boss said it was the responsibility of everyone –  parents, students, staff and the wider community to follow guidance and regulations and do the right thing for their communities to bring down the level of infection, household to household transmission and prevent local restrictions or lockdown.

“So keep your distance, use a face covering, wash your hands regularly and follow the rule of six,” he added.