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Birmingham school forced to close after 'child tests positive for coronavirus'

A school in Birmingham has been forced to close after a child tested positive for coronavirus, revealed an email sent to staff.

Paganel Primary School, in Selly Oak, closed temporarily on Tuesday following the positive test result of a Year 1 pupil last Thursday, the leaked internal email said.

A staff member is also awaiting test results amid concerns they may have been infected. It is not believed parents have been told of the positive Covid-19 result nor suspected case, reports Birmingham Live.

The school said in the email that it would likely remain closed until the end of this week, while a ‘year one bubble’ will not be allowed back in until July 9 in order to allow pupils to isolate for two weeks.

In the email, Headteacher Mrs Bethan Gingell, wrote: ‘By now you will have all received the group call that the school will be closed until further notice.

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‘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.’

In a subsequent email, from the deputy head Vicki Shuter, the school said it was working alongside Public Health England to manage the situation.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the school, Birmingham City Council and Public Health England for comment.

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