MK school acts swiftly to prevent transmission of COVID-19
Thursday 10 September 2020
- Long Meadow School has reported two cases of COVID-19 in staff
- Due to a fast response, no children have been impacted and the school remains open
- Neither member of staff has been in school with children whilst infectious
Two members of staff at Long Meadow School in Shenley Brook End have tested positive for COVID-19. Both members of staff were removed from the school before pupils returned this September.
The initial case was identified during teacher training before the start of the new school year. As a precautionary measure, four additional members of staff were then isolated immediately, and relevant areas of the school were cleaned in the week before term. A second positive case, identified this week, was within the isolating group.
By acting swiftly and in accordance with national guidance, the community school has ensured pupils returning for its new school term are not impacted.
Philip Grey, Headteacher at Long Meadow School, said:
“We have been working closely with Public Health England and Milton Keynes Council to continue to ensure that we have the appropriate systems and measures in place to keep all of the school community as safe as possible.
By acting quickly, we were able to ensure this second staff member was not in school at any point with the children whilst they were infectious. I am so proud of every member of our school team who have provided the best possible start for all of our children returning, both academically and most importantly, for their safety and wellbeing.”
Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“We want to reassure parents and carers that our schools will continue to prioritise the safety of children and young people. We have clear systems in place and will act immediately to protect our school communities – pupils, teachers and parents. It’s great to see our young people back in education. The staff at Long Meadow are demonstrating strong leadership and I’d like to thank everyone for their textbook response.”
Update 14 Sept: A third member of school staff is isolating having tested positive for COVID-19. Their role is non-teaching and they have had no recent contact with pupils. The school continues to follow all tried and tested public health precautions and processes.