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Oaks Infant School in Sittingbourne closed due to coronavirus cases

The Oaks Infant School in Sittingbourne is to close for two weeks following a rising number of positive coronavirus cases.

The school issued a statement this evening explaining the decision, and said it would be implementing a remote learning plan.

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David Whitehead, CEO of Potential in Everyone Academy Trust, said: "Due to a rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases up until Sunday, November 15 at The Oaks Infant School, the Trust, in cooperation with Public Health England, the Department for Education and Kent County Council, have had to take the very difficult to decision to close the school for two weeks. The school will reopen for pupils and staff on Monday, November 30.

"The school, supported by the Trust, has rigorously followed DfE guidance by operating a system of controls that have been implemented via a Risk Assessment."

The school says every pupil will be able to access teaching and learning via its digital platform, Tapestry, through which staff will be keeping in contact with pupils throughout the two weeks. Pupils entitled to free school meals will also be receiving food parcels via the school's caterers Nourish.

Mr Whitehead added: "The Potential in Everyone Academy Trust prioritises the health and well being of its pupils and staff and has taken this decision in order to keep our community safe during these very challenging times.

"We wish our staff and pupils who have tested positive well and hope they have a safe and speedy recovery.

"We look forward to welcoming our children and staff back on November 30 where we will continue with our robust measures to keep them safe and to mitigate any further cases."

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