Thornbury school closes after two teachers contract coronavirus, with children and staff to be tested

May 13 2020
Thornbury school closes after two teachers contract coronavirus, with children and staff to be tested

A THORNBURY school has had to close after two teachers tested positive for coronavirus.

Sheiling School in Park Road is an independent school based on the same site as a home for children with special educational needs run by the same company, Thornleigh Camphill Communities Ltd.

The school closed temporarily on Monday and will now test all other staff and pupils for COVID-19.

The residential homes remain open, as they have not been affected.

Sheiling School offers day and residential placements to pupils aged 6 to 19 years old who have Education Health and Care Plans and may not have been able to access education for some time. Many have at least one additional need, including autistic spectrum disorder, sensory impairment and emotional and mental health difficulties.

It has 38 pupils on its roll but only 18 of them were attending the school at the time of the closure.

The school issued a statement, which said: “On Monday 11th May, following extensive discussions with Public Health England and South Gloucestershire Council, Sheiling School took the decision to close on a temporary basis following the positive Covid-19 test results of two members of the educational staff.

Up to 18 pupils were attending the school on a regular basis, with up to 30 educational staff on site.

The school has been following strict guidance on social distancing where possible, use of PPE and daily infection control cleaning but despite these rigorous measures, two members of staff have, very regrettably, tested positive for the virus.

The school will now undergo a deep clean and all staff and pupils will be tested for COVID-19. The residential homes for children and young people that are run by Sheiling School have been unaffected by the cases and remain open.”