E-Act Royton and Crompton Academy has closed for a deep clean after an individual in the school tested positive for coronavirus.
The academy confirmed it would be closed on Monday, March 9 in an announcement posted on its website on Sunday, March 8.
The post read: “We have taken the decision to close the academy to students and staff on Monday, March 9 having been informed that an individual within the academy has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We would like to stress that this decision has not been taken lightly and has been made after all the facts have been carefully considered.
“Whilst the academy is closed, we will undertake a deep clean of the premises as a precaution, and plan to re-open as usual on Tuesday 10 March 2020.
“We have been working closely with Public Health England officials who have advised that if any of our students or staff should start to feel unwell, they should keep away from others and stay at home, and call NHS 111 for advice if showing any symptoms of the virus which include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
“Public Health England also advise that we regularly wash our hands or use hand sanitiser, particularly after travelling on public transport
“Our number one priority is the wellbeing of our students and staff, so I hope parents and carers will understand our decision.
“However unlikely, if you or your child start to feel unwell in the coming days, please follow Public Health England’s advice and contact NHS 111.
“While the academy is closed, parents and carers should visit the academy website for updates. You can also contact us with any questions using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org”
The news followed the recent confirmation that a second person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Oldham.
Oldham’s Director of Public Health Katrina Stephens confirmed the resident became infected while in Thailand and is currently self-isolating.
The first resident became infected while in Northern Italy.
Oldham Council is unable to comment further on the details of these particular cases due to the need to protect patient confidentiality.
Public Health England (PHE), Oldham Council and the local NHS are working closely together to effectively manage this case.
PHE is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
Oldham has robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system.
Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus