Coronavirus cases close Herefordshire school

A HEREFORDSHIRE primary school is closed due to coronavirus.

Herefordshire Council said Peterchurch Primary School is closed until July 5 due to the virus.

In a statement on the school’s website, staff said: “Please note that the whole school will be closed until Monday 5th July 2021.

“Online learning will be available for all classes.

“School lunches have been cancelled and vouchers will be available for those that usually receive a free school meal from next week.”

The closure comes as the new Children’s Commissioner for England called for an end to bubble arrangements and self-isolation for school pupils.

Dame Rachel de Souza said there was an urgent need for children to get back to normal as lockdown restrictions had been a “real trauma” for many young people.

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Her call came as The Guardian reported ministers are preparing to overhaul the system for schools in England when they return in September following the summer break.

The paper said an announcement may be made in the coming days to allow schools time to prepare, with the requirement to quarantine expected to be replaced with a new testing regime.

Currently children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their bubble tests positive for coronavirus.

It has resulted in a sharp rise in pupils off school for Covid-related reasons, with the latest official figures showing 239,000 children in England missing classes – as the numbers trebled in the space of a week.

Hereford Times